Energy over Christmas 2019

A few days into 2020 and we can’t help but think about those cosy festive evenings, warming up next to a beautifully lit tree, and the smell of the turkey roasting in the oven, with a little bit of nostalgia for the festive period. If you are the same, wishing you weren’t on that cold commute into the office, then have a read of these interesting facts about energy and Christmas to keep that festive feeling going just a little bit longer.

Oxford Street, London

2019 was the first year that the glowing baubles on London’s Oxford Street were replaced with 27 LED light curtains, hanging above the street, consisting of 220,000 individual lights. This made them 90% more efficient than traditional lights, and allowed for the display of ‘curated, dynamic content’ such as festive messages.

If the rest of the UK were to follow suit, industry could not only become 90% more energy efficient, but switching to LED lighting would also help save businesses a considerable amount of money.

Sustainable Christmas 2019

With climate change and environmental impact on the forefront of many minds over the last twelve months, it may not be a surprise to find out that over half (52%) of people surveyed for Smart Energy GB admitted to attempting to celebrate Christmas more sustainably this year, with 24% opting for low energy lights, 22% using a smart meter to keep an eye on energy consumption, and 15% taking public transport to visit friends and family.

With that all in mind, we are still likely to have spent more on our energy bills due to turning the heating up, watching more TV and using the oven a bit more often.

Less energy used on Christmas Day

Even with all of the fairy lights, the heating on high and the turkey in the oven for what seems like forever, on average, Britain uses 20% less energy on Christmas Day. As many offices, shops and schools are closed for a few days, there is less demand on our electricity, especially as we all head off to mum’s house for Christmas dinner, our houses are left cold and unlit, using little energy.

It is a little different for those hosting, however, with the average household spending up to £50 more on gas and electricity in December. Cooking the turkey for an average of five hours in the oven can cost about £1.50 to cook, which as one and a half times a family’s standard electricity bill for a whole day.