It's a pet's life: How to keep your pet cosy while being energy efficient

animal expert chris packham
Posted 12/02/2019 by E.ON

With 72% of pet owners in the UK leaving the heating on for their animals when they go out, the carbon footprint of our furry friends might be something to think about. Latest figures from PDSA reveal that there are 11.1 million cats, 8.9 million dogs, and 1.1 million rabbits living in UK households. That's a lot of houses with the heating on when no humans are home.

Other energy-hungry habits our pet owners have include leaving the lights, TV and/or radio on for their pets.

Take a look around to see how our #pamperedpets are staying cosy and enjoying themselves around the house:

So how can doting pet owners keep their pets warm and happy in a more energy efficient way?

If temperatures really drop and you think heating the house is crucial to keep your pets cosy then there are ways to help manage the time and temperature in a more energy efficient way. With the tado° smart thermostat you can turn the temperature up or down from your smartphone when you're out of the house. This means you can give a little heat boost every now and then, rather than just leaving the heating on all day.

What's more, if you have a smart meter installed you can monitor when and where you are using the energy around the house, and make adjustments accordingly.

Chris Packham’s top tips

We’ve partnered with animal expert and TV presenter Chris Packham, for his top tips on how we can keep our pets happy, while being energy efficient.

“As a nation of animal lovers, keeping our pets happy is a top priority for many Brits - and making sure your home is snug is one quick way to do so. And with some small simple changes, you can save money, lessen your impact on the planet and keep your all-important pet happy.”

animal expert chris packham with his dog

1. Think about where you put your pet’s bed. At floor level there may be draughts you aren’t aware of which could make them cold or uncomfortable. Be sure to draughtproof any unwanted gaps which let cold air into your home and let heat escape. And kneel so you can check it out from their perspective and move the bed if you need to.

2. Work out the line between pampering and proper care. You may have a roughty-toughty outdoorsy dog who’s full of beans in the rain, wind and snow, but a cold, wet dog is not going to be happy – however how robust you think he or she is. Get your dog a good quality coat that is wind and waterproof. Always imagine how you would feel in their paws!

3. A smart thermostat, such as the tado° from E.ON, allows you to control and monitor your heating wherever you are, using your smartphone. But it’s not just good for setting the temperature for your pet! It will help you save money and the planet, by making sure you only have the heating on when you need it, and at the right temperature.

4. During winter, on cold days, food straight out of the fridge won’t be very appetising. Warm your pet’s meals up to ensure the food is at room temperature before feeding.

5. If you’re out all day, choose a snug room where it’s suitable for your pet to spend the day. Ensure you have an energy efficient boiler to get the most out of your heating, but there’s no point in heating the entire house to keep them warm. So, keep the radiator on near their cosy corner with the door closed. And make sure there’s food and water within reach of course!

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