May 8, 2014
A recent study by OnePoll and Rexel showed that most of the British public have a 'split personality' when it come to their energy efficiency habits. While half of this surveyed described themselves as energy conscious at home, only 20% were prepared to say about their behaviour at work. Similarly, 70% said they were concerned about wasting energy at home with just 43% taking that concern in to their office and actually 60% of employees actively charge electronic devices in the office in order to save money on their homes energy bills.
Brian Smithers, strategic development director at Rexel Northern European Zone , "Our research shows that people are wasting energy and in some cases actively adapting their energy behaviour to avoid the rising costs of energy at home. What's worrying about this apparent trend is that the average office worker spends at least 40 hours a week at work, so a huge percentage of the country's energy consumption is taking place in the nations offices". The concern expressed by Smithers is that to reach the UK's carbon reduction target of 80% by 2050, long-term and mass behaviour change is required not just in the home but across all aspects of people's lives.
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Posted on May 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM