Households go green to save money

Over 50s in the UK could slash their electricity bills by becoming more energy efficient at home.

According to research by uSwitch, nearly eight in ten homes use gas and electricity more efficiently than they did a year ago.

While one in ten said they were doing this for environmental reasons, more than a third of respondents stated that saving money was their key motivation.

The organisation attributed this partly to the ongoing downturn in the UK economy, as more and more people are having to tighten their belts.

Commenting on the findings, uSwitch said: "The recession is achieving what years of environmental debate hasn't - it is encouraging more consumers to go green."

People were found to be adopting various means of saving energy, such as switching off lights when they are not needed, and only using dishwashers and washing machines when they have a full load.

This echoes the findings of a recent study by cahoot, which found that 72 per cent of Britons are becoming energy efficient in the home by turning off appliances when they are not in use, including TVs and computers.

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