We’re all in lockdown, some working from home, but the common theme is we’re all at home all of the time.
Apart from our government approved essential shopping or daily exercise, which I would recommend taking with caution. I twisted my ankle in a pot hole yesterday and am now using a chair as a make shift walking aid, the joy!
It stands to reason that our energy consumed would increase in line with us all being at home a lot more, but has it?
Well the answer is yes a bit, but no where near as much as I thought. There is a hike at lunch time where energy usage has increase by 30%, this is when cooking lunch is added to the already increased usage of home computers and televisions being used when they normally wouldn't be.
We’re getting our results from a sample of 230,000 customers.
Usage is taking a dip in the morning, with people not needing to commute and taking lie ins, including myself!
"Morning routines are less structured and therefore the peak has reduced by up to 20%, as many people are working from home or not working at all," a spokeswoman said. More info here.
It seems the morning lull is balancing out the lunchtime buzz, overall domestic usage has increased by only a few percentage points, there’s been no dramatic increase, mainly because weekend usage remaining the same. Overall there is a 6% increase in domestic consumption.
Gas is not showing any real increase in demand, most people use it for central heating, and the lockdown has coincided with warmer weather, this may changed over the next few weeks.
But! the answer is also no overall, the country is actually using less energy because of businesses being closed!
I’m not too sure how this rings true in my home, I live with 3 housemates, we’re all working from home, all cooking at least twice a day and not going to the pub on the weekend, or week days!
How do you feel your usage has been impacted?