Survey Finds British Homes Warmer Than Summer’s Day

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24th February 2014 10:56 - Housing

A Government-backed study for the UK Housing Energy Fact File found that the average property is kept at around 17.7C during winter months – a significant rise on 13.7C in the 1970s. However, a separate poll, commissioned by emergency repair firm HomeServe, found the average temperature even higher, at 23C, warmer than a typical summer’s day.

Among respondents, more than a third claimed to keep their thermostat at 25C and one in twenty at 30C. Some eighteen per cent said they kept their heating on day and night.

The Government-based study, by Cambridge Architectural Research, Eclipse Research Consultants and Cambridge Energy, said greater insulation, new building regulation and improvements in boilers had helped keep heat in modern homes.

The report, commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, said:

“Much of the UK's housing was built before the links between energy use and climate change were understood. Much of it was also built when there were very different expectations of thermal comfort”.

“To put it simply, most families in 1970 lived in homes that would be cold by modern standards in winter - as cool as 12C on average. There may have been ice on the insides of the windows, and nearly everyone accepted the need to wear thick clothes at home in winter”.

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