East Riding households consume 5.7% less energy than in 2015, new figures show

Households in the East Riding are consuming 5.7% less energy than four years ago.

Thursday, 31st December 2020, 12:45 pm
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy data reveals that the East Riding families consumed 3,795 kilowatt hours (kWh) on average in 2019 – the equivalent of running around nine fridge-freezers each over the year. Photo: PA Images

Greenpeace and the Energy Saving Trust said a drop in electricity consumption nationally was good news for the environment, but that there is more to do in improving our energy efficiency.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy data reveals that the East Riding families consumed 3,795 kilowatt hours (kWh) on average in 2019 – the equivalent of running around nine fridge-freezers each over the year.

That was 5.7% down from 4,026 kWh in 2015.

Despite an increase in the number of domestic electricity meters, from 151,300 in 2015, to 157,300 last year, there was a drop of 4% in the total amount of electricity sold in the East Riding.

The data is based on the aggregation of meter readings and does not include electricity consumed directly from on-site generation, such as that generated by solar panels.

A spokesman for Energy Saving Trust said reduction in electricity demand would help in the transition to a low carbon society.

They said: “One of the leading environmental issues with electricity production is the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels in power stations. ”Carbon emissions from electricity production have fallen in the last decade.

“This is because fossil-fuelled power stations, in particular coal, have gone offline and there has been a huge increase in renewably-powered generation from wind farms, local renewable electricity generation including those from solar PV panel systems.”