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January
2019
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Stopping the Hiber-Nation: Alice Liveing gives Brits a much needed energy refresh

Mike Feely, E.ON's Green Guru
When the weather outside is bad, it can be difficult to motivate yourself – but there’s plenty of ways you can make the most of being indoors. Small changes such as incorporating exercise into your home life, cooking a warming meal, or updating your home by getting a smart thermostat like tadoo or a new energy efficient boiler, can bring that much needed extra boost into your home life.
Mike Feely, E.ON's Green Guru
  • Bad weather causes more than three quarters (77%) of Brits to put off outdoor activities and errands
  • More than half of the nation (55%) say they want to incorporate exercise into their home routine
  • Nearly a fifth (19%) say that miserable weather causes them to eat less healthily
  • To give the nation a boost, E.ON has partnered with fitness expert, Alice Liveing, to create a series of tips to give you and your home an energy refresh this winter

The days may be getting lighter, but it’s still cold and wet outside – so it’s no surprise that new research by E.ON shows that despite our good intentions and New Year’s resolutions, bad weather is dampening our desire to spend time outside and is halting our healthy routines.

More than three-quarters (77%) of the nation say they put off outdoor activities, with a massive 56% of Brits saying a dismal day stops them going for a walk. This is despite the fact the same number (56%) feel guilty for spending lots of time sitting around at home.

What’s more, the bad weather impacts on our eating too – nearly a fifth (19%) of Brits say they eat less healthily in the winter months – with those in the North East (27%) the least likely to opt for the healthy option. Despite this, it seems some of our New Year’s resolution plans remain, with over half (55%) of the nation, and millennials in particular (65%), saying they are looking to incorporate exercise into home life.

This comes as the research shows that whilst almost three quarters make their homes cosier in winter (73%) by adding throws or lighting candles, Brits are less likely to have taken measures which help their home’s energy efficiency during cold or wet weather. Of those questioned, only 7% have installed a smart thermostat, just 29% have installed insulation and less than a third (32%) have bled their radiators.

Mike Feely, E.ON Green Guru said: “When the weather outside is bad, it can be difficult to motivate yourself – but there’s plenty of ways you can make the most of being indoors. Small changes such as incorporating exercise into your home life, cooking a warming meal, or updating your home by getting a smart thermostat like tadoo or a new energy efficient boiler, can bring that much needed extra boost into your home life.”

To combat this seasonal malaise and give the nation an energy boost, E.ON has as teamed up with fitness expert Alice Liveing to create a series of tips to give both you and your home an energy refresh:

Cosy up your home

If you’re finding in these chilly winter months, you’re spending a lot of times indoors, then why not be productive and spend the time making sure your house is warm and toasty? This can be something small, like getting out the thick duvet to upgrading your boiler to one that is new and energy efficient. You can even get a smart thermostat like tado°,from E.ON, so you can get the heating on when you’re out and about, meaning your house is nice and cosy for when you get home.

Do some relaxing stretches

If you find yourself stuck inside when the weather is bad, then take 5 minutes to do some energising stretches from the comfort of your own home. It’s a great way to get yourself awake and ready for the day ahead in the morning or stretch out your body and get nice and relaxed before bed. Watch my relaxing stretches video here.

Eat something wholesome

When I don’t want to head outside for food, I just make myself something delicious and nutritious at home instead. I love to make Greek yoghurt with cinnamon fried banana and toasted oats as a quick and easy breakfast or snack so that my body is well-fuelled. You can watch me show you how to make it here.

Do a wet weather workout

When the weather is miserable outside, you’re less likely to want to take your workout outdoors. If you don’t want to venture out, or are just looking to switch up your routine, then an at home workout is the perfect option. I’ve created two body weight workouts that will get your upper and lower body working and require no equipment. You can check them out here.

View Alice’s video tips and blog by visiting www.eonenergy.com/refresh.

ENDS

Notes to editors

  1. Research conducted in December 2018 with a nationally representative sample of 2,000 UK adults

For more information contact:

Rebecca Cowling on 07970 531 619, rebecca.cowling@eonenergy.com

Jag Bickham on 02476 181 308, jag.bickham@eon-uk.com

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