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New research finds energy wasting is widespread… and it’s not just ‘standby appliances’ that are to blame.

Despite the recent revelation that Aussies are wasting millions of dollars by leaving their home appliances on standby[1], the majority is still in denial about their energy wasting habits.

New research has revealed that although the majority of Australians (87%) believe that they have good energy saving habits around their home, 83% admitted to doing all the energy wasting acts regularly. While leaving electronic appliances on “standby” when not in use is the most common energy waster, there are several other popular bad energy habits.

Commissioned by comparethemarket.com.au, the independent survey[2]  asked 1000 Aussies which of the following energy wasting habits they do: boiling more water than necessary in the kettle, leaving lights/fans/AC on in unoccupied rooms, falling asleep with the TV on and leaving electronic appliances on “standby” or switched on at the socket when not in use.

These habits can be costly: the Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science further revealed that good habits around the home can save us up to $825 a year on our energy bills[3].  A third of the survey respondents (31%) admitted they were unaware that their bad energy habits in the home could be costing them this much.

The younger generation (20-29 year olds) are the worst culprits, with half the age group (45%) admitting to wasting energy two to three times every week.  Of all the states, Queenslanders and Adelaide residents seem to be the highest energy wasters, claiming that their bad energy behaviour happens every day (43% and 44% respectively).

Among the worst domestic energy wasting habits, leaving electronic appliances on “standby” or switched on at the socket when not in use  occur the most, with more than half of Aussies (55%) confessing to doing this.

Approximately one in four Aussies (25%) also admit to falling asleep with the TV on, boiling more water than necessary in the kettle (27%) and standing in front of an opened fridge or freezer trying to figure out what to eat (26%).

The survey also revealed the room considered the most likely source of energy wastage is the lounge; with half of Aussies (49%) agreeing to wasting energy the most in this room.

Abigail Koch, spokesperson from comparethemarket.com.au, says: “The survey results reveal that consumers are just as accountable for high energy bills – and the blame can’t be shifted solely to energy companies.  Just a few tweaks to our behaviours around the house can make all the difference.”

“Reviewing your energy plan and switching to a policy that best suits you can also help save money throughout the year.”

And the bad behaviour doesn’t stop there.  Worryingly, more than a third (37%) of Aussies are not concerned enough about wasted energy consumption and the environment to change their energy-saving behaviours.  One in five (23%) even went as far to admit that they never think about their impact on the environment

For further information or for an interview with Abigail Koch, please contact:
Hannah Twiggs, PR Assistant, comparethemarket.com.au
Tel: 07 3377 8879
Email: hannah.twiggs@comparethemarket.com.au

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[1] http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/standby-energy-consumption-adds-860-million-to-electricity-bills-20160519-go
[2] A Pure Profile survey of a nationally representative sample of 1000 Australian adults

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