British people waste more energy than the inhabitants of any other major western European nation, hastening climate change and adding £2.5bn to annual fuel bills, according to research.
An ICM poll conducted in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy, showed that the British seem less concerned about global warming that our European neighbours.
- 71% leave appliances on standby
- 67% boil more water than needed in kettles
- 65% leave chargers plugged in
- 63% don’t turn off lights in empty rooms
- 48% use the car for short journeys
- 44% wash clothes at 60F
- 32% leave the engine running while the car is stationary
- 32% use the tumble dryer when the washing line could be used
- 28% have the central heating on in an empty house
- 22% turn up the thermostat instead of reaching for a jumper
If you’re not one of the culprits, good for you – Humanists should care for the environment. But have you considered everything?