Survey finds people who worry about global warming use the most energy

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26th January 2016 16:43 - Utilities

A recent study, conducted in the United Kingdom, has revealed that people who worry about global warming use the most electricity, as opposed to those who care only a little about the problem.Survey finds people who worry about global warming use the most energy

Entitled the Household Electricity Survey, the research – which was commissioned by the U.K.’s Department for Energy and Climate Change and conducted by researchers at Loughborough University and Cambridge Architectural Research – gathered the opinions of 250 people. Some of the sample was very concerned about global warming and others did not feel the issue was very important.

The researchers from Loughborough University and Cambridge Architectural Research attributed the findings to an age gap between respondents, as those over the age of 65 were found to be sceptical of global warming, thriftier and thus use less electricity in their homes.

The respondents were asked whether they agreed or disagreed that global warming is too far away to actually frighten them.

The survey said: “Taken together the householders who strongly agreed they were not worried about climate change because it was too far in the future in fact used less electricity rather than more, counter to the hypothesis that households concerned about climate change use less electricity,”

According to the findings, the claims of turning off TVs, lights and radios were inflated, with those who worry about global warming being found to do little to conserve energy in their home.

The researchers said: “There is some link between households’ stated behavior towards switching off unused appliances and electricity use, but there is seldom a statistically significant relationship between stated and actual behaviour.”

As people were found to inflate their opinions on saving electricity, the job of creating energy policies is made more difficult.

Conservative members of the United Kingdom’s Commons Energy and Climate Change committee claimed that the survey reveals the contradictory nature of global warming activities.

A Conservative British Parliament member, Peter Lilley, spoke to reporters:

“The survey exposes the hypocrisy of many who claim to be ‘green’: the greater the concern people express about global warming the less they do to reduce their energy usage.”

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