UK consumers have a ‘split personality’ when its come to energy usage in the home and at work, a new study commissioned by French electrical supplies distributor Rexel finds.

The survey of UK consumers found large behavioural differences at home compared to at work, with more people tending to waste energy in the workplace.

More than 70% of consumers say they are concerned about wasting energy at home, but only 43% worry about wastage at work.

The study also showed the increasing trend of employees charging their personal devices at work to save on their personal energy bills.

Brian Smithers, strategic development director, for Rexel Northern European Zone, said: “Our research shows that people are wasting energy and in some cases actively adapting their energy behavior to avoid the rising costs of energy at home.”

When it comes to lighting and heating, 93 per cent of the respondents claim they turn off the lights when leaving an empty room at home, but only 60 per cent do the same at work.

Mr Smithers said: “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 nation’s offices.

“To reach the UK’s carbon reduction target of 80 per cent by 2050, long-term and mass behavioural change is required not just in the home but across all aspects of people’s lives.

“There are huge opportunities for businesses to reduce energy bills by educating their employees, putting in place best practices and installing smart energy monitoring devices to help reach these targets, but also ultimately to save themselves money.”

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