Britons cut gas consumption more than expected

International7 Jan ’23 at 13:21Author of the book: Remy Cock

Households in the UK have cut their gas consumption more than first expected as higher prices hit the average Briton. Bloomberg writes.

Households in the UK have cut their gas consumption more than first expected as higher prices hit the average Briton.  Bloomberg writes.
Households in the UK have cut their gas consumption more than first expected as higher prices hit the average Briton. Bloomberg writes. (ANP/Hollandse Hoogte/Laurens van Putten)

In total, around 63.6 terawatt hours of gas was used in the UK in December. According to research by BFY Group consultant Gemma Berwick, this is 8.8 per cent less than what would normally be consumed in December with similar weather.

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Lower gas consumption is the first sign that British consumers can save energy as energy prices hit record levels. The German and French governments, respectively, have been more proactive in encouraging households to save energy than the British, who launched gas-saving campaigns in December.

‘Behaviour Change’

According to Berwick, more volume-less is part of consumers changing their behavior around gas usage. “Higher gas prices are the reason,” he says, adding that better insulation may have played a role in the savings.

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In total, households have saved around £600 million by reducing their gas consumption, benefiting the UK Government by around £260 million. According to Berwick, this makes it more clear what financial and environmental efficiency there is in investing in reducing gas demand.

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