Many Brits believe that more than half of our electricity comes from abroad, when in reality it is almost entirely shore-generated.
According to the National Grid, the vast majority (over 90%) of electricity used in October was produced in the UK by nine sources, including wind power and solar power.
A study of 4,000 adults found that less than half of this is made in the United States.
Accordingly, 30% feel completely disconnected from how energy is produced, while 25% admit that they don’t know how domestic energy gets into their homes.
However, 36% have shown more interest in the rising price of things.
Victoria Bacon from Smart Energy GB, which commissioned the research, said: “These results show there’s confusion when it comes to where our energy comes from and how it’s produced.
“We want people to know how good Britain is at generating electricity from renewable sources and how smart meters are playing an increasingly important role in making our energy system more resilient and efficient.
“Smart meters in our homes and businesses will help make the most of home-grown renewable sources of electricity – such as wind and solar – so in the future we can rely less on gas imported from abroad.”
“Made in Britain” – The phrase that stands for quality and excellence
The study also found 52 per cent associate the phrase ‘made in Britain’ with quality and excellence, with 31 per cent imagining they’d feel prouder if they knew more about the energy that’s produced on home turf.
39% support the idea of more electricity being generated in Britain due to the current cost-of living crisis. The same percentage want to be more efficient.
41 percent would like to see steps taken to ensure that the country’s energy system is more efficient and more sustainable.
According to OnePoll data, nearly half of the respondents (45%) would like to see the country rely less on fossil fuels.
To celebrate both home grown produce and energy, Smart Energy GB is quizzing Brits to find out whether we know more about what’s in our fridges, compared to what powers them.
Victoria Bacon added: “With so many people proud of what the country produces, whether it be the cheese in our refrigerators or the energy that powers our homes.
“We want to help people understand a little more about our energy system and how smart meters will help to make it more resilient in the future.”
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