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UK becomes more energy efficient despite growing economy

Despite recording one of the most solid rate of economic growths in the developed world, UK residents are actually using a lot less energy than they used to do before, due largely to significant changes in Government policy and the emergence of various energy saving technologies.

New analysis of government statistics shows that the average person in the UK is using 10% less electricity than five years ago.

In fact, a report from the UK Committee on Climate Change said that gas use for heat and hot water had declined more than a quarter since 2004 – for a typical household, reflecting improvements in boiler efficiency and pipe insulation.

Home owners are also using less energy since the recession – turning off radiators in unused rooms, but keeping the rooms they use most just as warm. Proper insulation has also managed to reduce energy bills.

Furthermore, bsinesses have also been persuaded to save energy, so their consumption overall is down. So much so that, according to the digest of UK energy statistics (Dukes), consumption of all energy in 2013 was the lowest since 1985 (203.2 million tonnes of oil equivalent) after adjusting for temperature.

It says energy intensity – the amount of energy for every unit of wealth created – fell by 70% between 1970 and 2013 in the industrial sector and 55% in services.

Energy efficiency measures (such as building energy management systems) have had a major contribution in slashing energy use.

HeatingSave can cut your energy usage by 20% to 30% with its energy management control, as its internal microprocessor constantly calculates and improves the efficiency and savings of your central heating system.

Using HeatingSave, simply choose the room temperature and the hot water you want, and when, and HeatingSave does the rest. It works with all central heating systems – oil, gas or coal – and links up with a PC to produce reports and graphs to fashion a powerful and complete energy management system.

The system is backed by the Carbon Trust and the Energy Savings Trust.

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