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Study on energy saving user behaviour in British homes presents first results

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A study performed by the University of Essex is collecting information on British user behaviour regarding energy saving and environment. First presented results are dealing with favourite green behaviour of 1500 respondents analysed so far and include: 82 % say that they are switching off lights in unused rooms, 29 % are using public transport rather than a car, 67 % do not leave the tv on stand-by, 16 % take fewer flights where possible, 55 % don't keep tap on when brushing teeth, 15 % take part in car sharing, 45 % put more clothes on when its cold (to reduce the heating energy need).
With Copenhagen Climate Change Conference just a couple of weeks away, the environment is likely to remain a hot topic amongst the British public, says Professor Nick Buck of the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex, which is leading the new research: "One of the unique features of Understanding Society is that we speak to the same people each year, which means we can see how people's behaviours and attitudes change over time. The information we collect about how "green" people are will play a key role in informing the ongoing debate about environmental issues."
"Understanding Society" is a new study tracking the lives of 100,000 adults and children from 40,000 households every year as they respond to regional, national and international change. It is a multi-purpose multi-topic survey, mapping the social landscape of the UK. Environmental issues and behaviours are just one strand of the survey, it will also tell us about our working lives, relationships, health, finances, neighbourhoods, education, transport and more. Results from around half of participants in wave one will be available from summer 2010 - the findings above are the preliminary results of a small subsection (about 1500 people) of the total respondents.

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