WWF’s Earth Hour 2017: UK households could save enough electricity to power more than 3,000 homes a year
Earth Day is a significantly symbolic event as it helps to demonstrate that small changes can make a big difference. If, collectively, we were more conscientious about the way we power our homes, as well as the types of devices we use, we could significantly reduce our overall energy consumption and our impact on the world we live in.
E.ON UK has calculated that by switching off their lights and other electrical devices for one hour on Saturday 25th March at 20:30hrs to mark WWF’s Earth Hour, people in the UK could save 9.6 million kWh of electricity – the equivalent of powering more than 3,000 homes for a year .
By taking part in Earth Hour in support for action against climate change and switching off household lights for just one hour, people in the UK could save enough electricity to cook 18.7 million lunches for Mother’s Day and power almost eight million five minute showers.
E.ON is committed to reducing carbon emissions and has invested around £1.8bn in renewable technologies in the UK over the last six years; with more than 1.35GW of installed capacity or enough electricity to power approximately one million homes. E.ON is also helping its customers reduce the amount of energy they use, and therefore the impact on the environment, by offering smarter solutions, energy efficiency measures and the tools they need reduce the amount of energy they use.
Chris Lovatt, Director of Residential Operations at E.ON, said: “Earth Day is a significantly symbolic event as it helps to demonstrate that small changes can make a big difference. If, collectively, we were more conscientious about the way we power our homes, as well as the types of devices we use, we could significantly reduce our overall energy consumption and our impact on the world we live in.
“Opting for a shower instead of a bath, for example, can help cut energy use. Baths can use twice as much water as a five-minute shower with an efficient showerhead. And by lowering your thermostat just 1oC you can use less energy and save around £80-85 per year.
“It’s also worth looking closely at energy efficiency when purchasing a new appliance and we’re helping people to make informed choices through E.ON Marketplace - a revolutionary online comparison and shopping service which will help people find the most energy efficient household goods in just minutes.”
For more information about how to save energy in the home, and to find out how your energy use stacks up compared to similar homes, please visit eonenergy.com/savingenergy
NOTES TO EDITORS:
 Calculations based on Ofgem average domestic household electricity consumption which is 3,100kWh per year / 8,760 which is the number of hours in a year x by 27.1 million households in the UK (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/families/bulletins/familiesandhouseholds/2016)
EQUATION: 3,100kWh / 8,760 x 27,100,000 = 9,590,182.65kWh saved if all UK households switched off their power for one hour
 This calculation is used for the number of households that 9,590,182.65kWh would power annually / Ofgem average domestic household electricity consumption (3,100kWh) = 3,093.60
EQUATION: 9,590,182.65 / 3,100 = 3,093.60 homes powered annually
 Amount of electricity to power an electric oven for 1 hour (1.95kWh) x 9,590,182.65 = 18,700,856.2
Based on figures from: http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/money/galleries/34417/energy-bills-how-much-does-it-cost-to/6
 Amount of electricity to power an electric shower for five minutes (0.83285714kWh) x 9,590,182.65 = 7,987,252.12
Based on figures from: http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/money/galleries/34417/energy-bills-how-much-does-it-cost-to/4
 £80-85 per year saving figure taken from the Energy Saving Trust: Thermostats and Controls
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