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As Home Energy Usage Spikes by 30% During Lockdown – 85% of Brits Unaware Of Their Electricity Usage – SaveMoneyCutCarbon.com Energy & Water Survey Of Great Britain


As lockdown measures in the UK persist due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a clear knock-on effect is that people are using more energy and water at home.

In fact, midday energy usage is currently spiking by 30% as a result of people working, educating, feeding and entertaining themselves from home, according to energy company, Ovo, while Bulb reports a 27% midday surge.

Meanwhile, more than a million households have been given help in the form of ‘time to pay’ with their energy bills due to coronavirus, according to The Telegraph

Yet, according to the SaveMoneyCutCarbon.com Energy & Water Survey of Great Britain 2020, 85% of Brits seem to be totally unaware of their yearly electricity usage

This is the first phase of a 5 year ongoing survey, designed to track the usage of energy and water in the home, homeowners’ awareness of how to reduce their usage, and the impact this can have on their carbon footprint. The survey asks a wide range of questions about how people understand and manage their energy and water at home

The survey is taking snapshots every six months across a wider 60 month online survey and in the first phase there were 2,633 respondents that completed the detailed questionnaire

The statistics show Brits are somewhat oblivious in particular of their energy consumption, flying in the face of the fact that 66.4% of people surveyed were actively using smart meters in their homes to monitor their energy usage

“Clearly there needs to be more education, and more attention to the finer detail of how to cut down on energy consumption as well as reducing carbon output and it must raise the question if the hugely costly roll out or smart meters is actually benefiting the consumer, are households actually looking at the meters in their houses, or are the real winner the energy companies in making collecting their billing information easier and lower cost.”, according to SaveMoneyCutCarbon CEO Mark Sait

The SaveMoneyCutCarbon Survey shows a mixture of positive and negative impact

In terms of electricity usage:

  • 25.8% don’t leave any phones, laptops or tablets on charge overnight.
  • 50.7% leave laptops on charge while working.
  • 87.9% don’t leave any lamp on overnight.
  • 76.6% don’t use a tumble dryer in the summer.
  • 42.6% set their fridge to 3 (with 5 being the coldest)
  • Only 4.4% of people surveyed leave more than five devices to charge overnight

In terms of water usage:

  • 62.6% don’t take baths. Of those that do 30.6% run a single bath every day.
  • 73.2% shower for less than 10 minutes a day.
  • 78.4% turn the tap off while brushing their teeth. A running tap will use 6 litres per minute of water.
  • 70.1% turn the tap off while washing up, rather than letting it run.
  • 29.1% have a water butt installed on taps – saving on watering the garden and washing the car

In terms of gas usage:

  • 78.9% burn gas.
  • 55.1% run a combi boiler

“Clearly, Britain is heading in the right direction,” says Sait. “The country is shifting from conspicuous and unconscious consumption of energy and water to one that understands, conserves and reduces mentality,” he says

“Now that people are spending time at home more than ever, it’s never been as important as it is now for homeowners to think carefully about how they use energy and water in their home.

“There’s very little doubt that homes across the UK will be facing larger energy and water bills this year than they’re used to” according to Sait. “It also means a significant increase in their carbon footprint – and this comes at a time when many households’ income is going to be squeezed due to the COVID-19 situation.

“Figures from this initial phase of our survey demonstrate that people are making a conscious effort to reduce their energy and water usage, but there are far more things they can change which will have a positive impact on their usage, their bills whilst reducing their carbon footprint.” Sait states.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon.com works hard to promote ways in which everyday people, and business owners, can help educate and support customers who want to use energy and water in more sustainable ways but without having to compromise often associated with carbon reduction or going green. They call it ‘Sustainability Without Compromise’.

While government initiatives over the years have strived to help people save money and to respect their environment, Sait and his team are concerned such initiatives focus too much on the negative

“People are less willing to commit to big changes than they are to minor adjustments – which are obvious – especially in the present economic situation focusing on the saving money must come first with the carbon as a welcome by product. ”.

“Simple, everyday changes such as LED lighting or eco showers and taps can make a huge difference to how much people pay every time they turn on a light or use water in their house – start with simple things is Sait’s message, as lots of little changes can make a big difference to your pocket and the environment.

Some householders are embracing the benefits of LED lighting, for instance, which reduces electricity consumption by typically up to 80%, with more than half 52% of respondents saying that they have LEDs in their homes.

For further information, please contact John Price at 6 Hillgrove PR. Email. john.price@6hillgrovepr.com; Mobile. 07968 476 241.

About SaveMoneyCutCarbon

SaveMoneyCutCarbon’s customers have saved over 727 million litres of water and 23 million kWh of energy, delivering a carbon reduction of 6,765 tonnes per annum from completed projects and products sold on its online platform. The carbon reduction alone is equivalent to travelling 23.24 million miles in an average petrol car.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon was established in 2012 with a goal to build a new single “go-to” platform for homes and organizations who want to reduce their energy and water consumption while improving their carbon footprint and sustainability credentials.

Based in Bury St Edmunds, it employs and develops local staff while delivering projects across the UK.  It provides its growing customer base a one-stop-shop: from learning how savings can be made across each building type, to helping deliver on this from a single online order, to delivery of the largest retrofit projects across the UK.

The company has recently been selected as the NHS Sustainability Supplier of the Year for their energy saving works with Cambridge University Hospitals’ world famous Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

About Mark Sait CEO

Mark has been described more than once, as a “disruptive entrepreneur” as much of his experience is in identifying and starting businesses that simplifying fragmented markets to help move new technologies or solutions into the mainstream.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon is his latest venture, the company is now recognised as the “go to people for homes and organisations that want to reduce their energy and water bills”. The business has enjoyed rapid growth and now delivers its customers millions of pounds in savings per year, through its UK wide project management and installation teams, and through its website. Mark writes columns for various publications and is often asked to comment on carbon reduction, energy and water matters for various press & TV.

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New Survey Reveals 22.5% of Brits Admit to Having A One-Night Stand Despite Coronavirus Outbreak


London, Mar 27 – COVID-19 may have been declared a severe public health risk but the coronavirus outbreak has not deterred Brits hooking up for a night of passion with a stranger

Hookup Dating website, Shagbook, surveyed 1,000 random UK citizens, and almost a quarter of the respondents surveyed admitted to arranging a sex hook-up since the breakout of Coronavirus in the UK.

The independently commissioned survey also gave an insight into the UK’s attitude towards sex with 24.3% of people admitting to having had casual sex with someone they have just met, and 29% of married partners admitted to having a one-night stand.

Shagbook is a sex hook up dating website that enables singles and married partners to meet up for casual, no-strings-attached sex. With UK pubs closing their doors and millions opting for self-isolation, sex and dating will become a tricky issue in the coming months. Social distancing proclamations should be considered when engaging in risky behaviour.

A representative from Shagbook said “We can’t stop the UK population arranging to meet for sexual encounters, but we do urge people to be responsible and think of the well-being of others. If you show any signs of coronavirus, even if it’s only a common cold, do not put others at risk. Over the course of the coming weeks, Shagbook will include website information to ensure that this message is understood. We will also be promoting our live cams for those looking for 100% safe, sexy fun.”

Shagbook.com is a popular British sex hook up dating site. The independent survey was commissioned prior to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordering a nationwide lockdown on Monday, March 23.

Media Inquiries Only: For more details about the latest survey, or to obtain a copy of the summary or raw survey data, please email reports@shagbook.com

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Brits’ Biggest Fear About Coronavirus is Economy


The number one fear British people have about the coronavirus is what it will do to the economy, according to new data.

Consumer research platform Attest ran a nationally representative survey of 1,000 UK consumers to find out just how worried the nation is and what we’re worried about [see full data here: https://dashboard.askattest.com/survey/AE5U2WNBUV6VXW

Overall, 63% of people are feeling more anxious now than they were before the outbreak of COVID-19, and 17% say their anxiety levels are “much higher”.

What are they worried about?

Just over 70% of Brits are worried about the effect coronavirus will have on the economy, with 30% describing themselves as “very worried”.

Behind this, the second biggest concern for people is their parents or grandparents catching the virus (68%), with 39% “very worried” by the prospect.

Nearly 61% of Brits are worried about contracting the coronavirus themselves, while a lesser 56% are worrying about their kids or grandkids getting the virus. Of greater concern is the potential for the outbreak to interrupt travel or social plans – nearly 58% of people are worried about this.

Of least concern are workplace closures and school closures; half of people (50%) are worried about not being able to go to work and only 39% are worried about children not being able to attend school.

Here are some of the concerns people expressed:

“I’m anxious over the economy and FTSE crashing, hitting pension funds”

“I care for my dad so I am very worried all the time.”

“I’m staying at home as I have underlying health issues with my lungs.”

“It has increased my anxiety about meeting people.”

How bad will it get?

We asked people what they think is going to happen with the coronavirus outbreak, and the outlook of the British people is not optimistic. Nearly half of people think “we’ve not seen the worst of it yet”, while a further 33% believe we’re “headed for a full-blown global pandemic”. Only 18% of people think “it will all be over soon”.

There is a direct correlation between how much news about coronavirus a person consumes and how worried they feel. People who see or hear updates hourly are five times more likely to be experiencing high levels of anxiety than people who only receive updates once every couple of days.

What impact are fears having?

British people are most likely to be avoiding public transport, stations and airports in an effort to avoid contracting the coronavirus (27%). Public attractions are also considered high-risk areas, with 26% of people actively avoiding them.

Around a fifth of people are avoiding the cinema, theatres and concerts, as well as restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. Least likely to be considered risky are church services, social groups and clubs (11%) and the gym (15%).

Panic buying is yet to become a big problem; only 19% of Brits say they have started stockpiling. But people are taking precautions; 81% have started washing or sanitising their hands more often.

Only 10% of people have made changes to their travel plans, but 11% are considering making changes and 21% are waiting to make travel plans because of the uncertainty.

To see the full survey on the Attest platform, including responses to additional questions, visit https://dashboard.askattest.com/survey/AE5U2WNBUV6VXW

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