It has been stated from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that energy consumptions have decreased since 2005 in households in England and Wales with an average drop of 24.7%, that’s a decrease from 26.2MWh in 2005 to 19.7MWh in 2011. Looking at the figures amongst England and Wales, the East Midlands were reordered to have the highest household energy usage each year between 2005 and 2011. For the East Midlands the average household energy usage was 27.5MWh in 2011 compared to the South West of England whose energy usage was only 16.1MWh.
Local authorities seemed to display the higher average usages, with Rutland showing the highest figure in 2011 of 26MWh and the Isles of Scilly with the lowest value of 11.4MWh per household. The ONS suggested that this fall in energy usage was due to an accumulation of improvements from energy efficiency advice and then applied to homes e.g. loft insulation and energy rating scales for household appliances and properties and also an increase to public awareness of environmental issues and energy consumption.
“This fall in consumption shows how effective it is to insulate your home. Britain’s homes are notoriously leaky and energy companies have been busy improving properties to make them warmer and easier to heat,” was a comment Energy UK made on this positive news however in comparison, Which? Still thinks that the Government can do more to help consumers with the rising energy bills and even though energy efficiency has been an integral part to the fall in energy usage and ultimately helped save on average electricity bills and average gas bills, consumers will still have to “cut back in order to save money in the face of spiraling prices.”