A recent study funded by DEFRA, DECC and the Energy Savings Trust, across 251 households, showed that:

• Domestic standby consumption is higher than previously estimated (9-16% not 5-10%)

• Refrigeration is the single biggest product energy user

• Single-person households use as much energy as families

• On average more than 6 hours of TV a day are watched (currently model 5 hours)

• Test households use 10% more than national average despite being ‘greener’

A summary report ‘Powering the Nation’ is available on the Energy Saving Trust’s website;