“False” start to winter leads to surge in energy usage
The bout of cold weather that affected the whole of the UK for the past few days led to a serious increase in terms of energy consumption, as a very large number of people were not able to cope with the lower temperatures and turned off their central heating systems.
According to a study commissioned by NPOWER, one of the UK’s largest six energy suppliers, the main reason for this phenomenon is represented by this year’s very long an hot summer, which led to people feeling colder than they actually were.
Figures from this research study show that September has only been marginally cooler – by 0.25C – than the same time last year, but gas usage is 15% higher, according to the company.
The paper also predicts that demand will drop again at the end of the week, with the real “big switch on” likely to take place in the last weekend of October when roughly 60% of households are likely to switch over to regular central heating.
The survey also found that 45% of people have turned on the heating for the first time from the beginning to the middle of September, when temperatures still average 14C, 23% plan to turn it on within the next two weeks and 18% per cent will hold out until November or later.
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