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Britons using 10% less energy

People in the UK aren't using as much energy as they used to, despite the economy continuing to grow.

This is according to a new study released by the government, which says the average person consumes ten per cent less electricity than they did five years ago, BBC News reports.

The news might come as a bit of a surprise to some, especially considering the high quantity of power-hungry gadgets that have been introduced to the market in recent times, such as smartphones and tablets that require regular charging.

However, what the findings do indicate is that the public is becoming more aware of the importance of investing in energy-efficient technology such as solid wall insulation, which can dramatically reduce the amount of power needed to effectively heat their home.

Other measures that are proving to be a hit include energy-efficient lightbulbs, with the average bulb using nearly one-third (29 per cent) less energy in 2013 than it did in 2008. This is partially due to a ban on older lamps, suggesting such policies are working well in getting people to start using more eco-friendly alternatives.

Naturally, there have been significant cash savings made as a result of a widespread cutdown on how much power is being used in domestic properties.

An investigation by the UK Committee on Climate Change revealed household bills would have risen by an estimated £165 over the period of 2004 to 2013 had the measures not been put in place to raise awareness of eco-friendly technology that can be implemented in the home.

According to the study, the use of gas in the supply of heating and hot water has dropped by over a quarter in the last decade, with this improvement largely down to effective insulation and the introduction of more efficient, modern boilers.

Speaking to BBC News, Dr Nick Eyre from Oxford University said: "Energy use is lower than in 1970 even though the economy is twice as big - it's the first time in memory that energy use has fallen so substantially - and it's due to policy."

Posted by Simon Webster