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Returning to the office could cut home energy bills by £21 million a week

Returning to the office could cut home energy bills by £21 million a week

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A Uswitch report has found that if every worker in the UK returned to the office for just one day a week, up to £21 million could be saved on their energy bills.

With “Freedom Day” on 19 July looming, businesses and employees alike are having to make decisions about how life in the office resumes in a post-lockdown world. Many are understandably cautious about a full return to work, while others have tasted the freedom of home working for the first time and are reluctant to go back to a commuter lifestyle.

However, while a fifth of employees surveyed said that they had no plans to return to the office until at least 2023, those who do could save on their energy bills. If every UK worker went back to the office one day a week, they wouldn't be using the heating, cooking meals or using energy in any other way. This would mean that they’d save up to £1.12, which would total £21 million saved a week.

70% of workers are hoping to spend a maximum of two days per week in the office, which would double the UK”s total energy savings to £42 million.

Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at Uswitch.com, comments: “It’s not long until freedom day, but a lot of workers still want to take it slowly when it comes to returning to the office.

“Millions of employees have enjoyed the benefits of a better work-life balance over the past year, so it’s not surprising that the vast majority plan to spend three days a week working from home.

“Those who return to the workplace for at least one day a week will save money on their energy bills, as they cook fewer meals, make fewer cups of tea and use the heating less.

“If you’re working from home, you can save energy by only using enough water for the number of cups of tea you are making, cooking using a microwave and unplugging any devices when they are not in use.”

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