A report from the U.K. Government highlights that for millions of U.K. energy consumers, the level of usage is worse than previously thought. The study is the first of its kind in the U.K. to measure and monitor electricity in real-time, real-life situations.
The study analyzed data from 251 monitoring systems in owner-occupied households to see exactly what is happening with energy use within the home, including what electrical items are being used, how much power they use, when they are using it and for how long.
The analysis revealed a growing attachment to technology. For example, residents of the U.K. are watching 10 billion hours more television than originally thought, which brings with it huge amounts of energy consumption.
Environment Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach said in a statement, "Manufacturers need to develop more energy-efficient electrical products and help consumers save money and the environment. We can all do simple things like switching off our televisions, computers and other home electronics and save up to £85 on electricity bills each year."