Average Energy Consumption of Households in Truro – how do we compare to the rest of country?
By chris_wasey | Tuesday, December 07, 2010, 20:31
In times of austerity, keeping a close check on household bills is even more important, and if statistics are to be believed, Truro’s household energy bills might be a little higher than you would expect. How much do you think a year’s bill might be? Have a guess...
Live in Truro? How do your household energy bills comapre to other people in the town, or the rest of the country?
Truro Energy Bills
Having discovered last week that Truro is amongst the average for crime rates, it would seem that we have a similar story when it comes to energy bills, ranked 225 out of 408 towns listed. However, the bill itself is rather high, a total of £1222 (£691 electricity and £531 gas).
Alertme provides a context for the figures in terms of your carbon footprint as well. The average Truro household produces 4.98 tonnes of CO2 a year, which is the equivalent of driving around the world 1.39 times...in a bus.
Compounding this rather grim figure, it would seem that the whole of the south west is ‘below average’ when it comes to energy saving behaviour. Updated every 24 hours, the information draws on past data to find out ‘expected behaviour’, and in this comparison, we are doing even worse than cities such as London.
Tips for the Future – go solar!
Suggestions on how to improve your carbon footprint are included, categorised by ease of change, cost and potential saving. Anything from changing your boiler (£400, 4/5 difficulty) to switching off your standby tv (£0, 0/5 difficulty).
We wrote a while back about green energy and our thoughts on wind farm power, and in that vein the site also calculates how much money you could save by putting a solar panel on your roof. By calculating roof size and average yearly hours of sunlight, it estimates that anything in the TR1 area could save £1194 with 2,476kwh each year. (We get 1508 hours of sunshine a year, apparently?!)
Have your say.
Are you higher or lower than the ‘average’ Truro household? Are you surprised by the results? Does it prompt you to make some changes in your house?