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A new study from tado° has found that UK homes had their daytime heating on 14% more this winter in comparison to the previous winter. The stay-at-home orders during the pandemic resulted in home energy bills going up as heating use increased.
The study sampled approximately 65,000 UK and 300,000 European homes. It found that Italian and Spanish households faced the biggest increases in home heating, with Denmark and Sweden among the lowest. In the UK, homeowners turned on their heating 14.3% more than in the same period the previous year. This was despite the fact that this winter was on average 0.6°C warmer than the previous winter in Europe.
In the UK and Europe, heating and cooling in buildings and industry accounts for half of energy consumption, making it the biggest energy end-use sector ahead of both transport and electricity. Heating and hot water make up approximately three quarters of a home’s energy use and two thirds of the energy used for the heating, cooling and hot water in residential buildings still stems from fossil fuels.
“We’ve seen a massive transition from office to home working over the last year and this has a significant impact on heating and hot water costs,” says tado° co-founder and chief product officer Christian Deilmann. “The good news is that there are technologies that improve energy efficiency in homes. This saves people money while keeping homes nice and warm.”