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Energy literacy is becoming a problem for young people


Young people have a lesser understanding of energy expenditure and bills and often wind up paying more according to Energy Saving Trust public opinion tracker UK:Pulse.

Only seven per cent of under-35s say they fully understand their bill, with nearly 40 per cent unable to identify that electricity is measured in Kilowatt hours. By contrast, 18 per cent of over-55s say they fully understand their energy bill, while almost one in six older people (16 per cent) don’t know how energy is measured.

Wind energy, one of the most iconic renewable energy sources, barely registered among the under-35s, a third of whom could not identify it as a renewable energy source, compared to just 15 per cent of those aged 55 or more.

In total, 82 per cent of consumers said they were interested in saving energy even if it requires a change in daily routine, but in reality young people aren’t taking basic steps to save energy – older people are 20 per cent more likely than younger people to use only as much water as they need to make a cup of tea.

The survey also showed that under-35s are twice as likely to own or be interested in owning smart heating controls to save money on heating, but nearly a third (30 per cent) of interested young people said they’d like to have one because it would be ‘fun to try’.

HeatingSave – helping users save on energy and money

Behavioural change is always a difficult target to attain, but this is specifically where the HeatingSave Building Energy Management System could help.

HeatingSave has a number of features to prevent employees from adjusting the heating controls and leaving them in setting that can waste fuel. The keypad and display on the front of the controller has two levels of password protection.

These passwords can be changed by authorized personnel locally or centrally using the PC software. The password programming meets the requirements laid down by the Carbon Trust, and the PC software is user ID and password protected too.

Naturally, employees do have the right to set the ambient temperature at a value that best suites their needs, and HeatingSave manages this situation by firstly getting the temperature right so people don’t feel too hot or cold. If employees do feel too cold, they can hit a button to increase the room temperature. The heating will be turned up for a while BUT will then automatically turn back – keeping the employee at the right comfort temperature – and saving the employer on their fuel bill.

If you’d like to find out more about the savings enabled by the HeatingSave Building Energy Management System, just contact our dedicated product team, they’ll be more than happy to answer all of your questions and queries.

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