Parents in the UK looking to compare energy rates could be having their efforts to reduce domestic consumption undermined by their children, new research suggests.
A new study from the Energy Saving Trust (EST) found that 40 per cent of British children surveyed leave lights turned on and regularly use electrical devices that consume a lot of energy, despite having a greater awareness of global warming than their European counterparts.
As part of Energy Saving Week, 50 UK children have been issued video cameras to record their families' efforts to cut back on their energy use between today (October 19th) and Friday (October 25th).
Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the EST, said: "Our research clearly shows the British public has the knowledge, however they don't seem to act on it. As a nation we need to put theory in to practice."
Children across the UK learn about the science behind climate change in a special module that forms part of the National Curriculum.
People looking to switch gas and electricity practices to get cheaper rates could install cavity wall and loft insulation.
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