Energy sins exposed

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Despite the fact that two thirds of Brits think they’re paying too much for their energy bills, a new survey shows that many of us are still carelessly wasting huge amounts of energy and heat from our homes.

Three quarters of the 2,040 UK adults questioned said they are frustrated by the year-on-year increase in energy costs, yet 13 per cent admit they have the heating on when they are not in the house and the same number confess to opening windows when the heating is on.

To combat the fact they are committing so many heating sins, the survey found that many Brits are resorting to more traditional methods to keep warm during the winter months rather than turning up the thermostat.

Almost half of those surveyed use blankets in the lounge, 23 per cent go to bed early in order to warm up, 27 per cent wear extra layers, 51 per cent have lined curtains and 40 per cent shut all their internal doors when in the house.

The study by Anglian Home Improvements also shows a lack of awareness about how much heat is lost from homes through inefficient windows and doors, with almost half wrongly thinking they lose less than 10 per cent, while one in eight don’t believe their home loses any heat that way.

In reality industry research shows that up to 30 per cent of heat can be lost through poorly insulated windows and doors.

Melanie McDonald, at Anglian Home Improvements, said: “A few simple changes could make our homes more energy efficient.”

“As we head into the colder months, now is the ideal time to think about ways to keep our homes and families warm throughout the winter.”