Making one change at home could save the nation £4.4 billion each year

When it comes to saving money and cutting costs, we’ll be the first to admit that it’s easier said than done. But when it comes to one particular aspect of our home lives, you’ll be shocked to hear just how much money we as a nation waste. Yet it could all be changed with the flip of a switch – literally.

According to new research from homeware and furniture retailer Utility Design, wasteful electricity consumption has spiked in the UK with Brits £4.4 billion every year by leaving lights on around the home. In fact, one single night in the UK equates to the same carbon emissions as 15 round the world flights.

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As the findings from the study suggest, 21% of Brits admit to leaving their lights on when going to work, while 10% regularly do so when leaving a room and 7% keep a light on when going to bed. According to the research, the main offenders are those in  cities such as Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham, London and Cardiff.

‘Lighting can make or break an indoor or outdoor space, and here at Utility we recognise the importance of well-designed, functional lighting. However, this study goes to show that it’s worth being conscious of our energy consumption and switching off unused lights, from both a personal finance (saving money) and an environmental point of view,’ said Richard Skelton, brand and e-commerce director at Utility Design.

‘It was interesting to find out that the bathroom is the main room where people accidentally leave on the lights – perhaps we are slightly too bleary-eyed after our morning showers to make sure that we are being responsible with our energy consumption.’

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However, financial hits aren’t the only issue caused by wasted electricity. The research also disclosed that leaving the lights is one of the top reasons for couple’s arguments at home, with 67% of respondents admitting that they argue over this after a national survey informed by 1,000 members of the UK public was taken.

Hands up if you’ll be hitting the ‘off’ switch far more often in future…