Energy comparison customers in the UK may have helped drive its reduction of power usage since the year 2000.
According to a report from the European Commission, energy use in Britain fell by more than five per cent between 2000 and 2008, compared with a general increase of four per cent across all EU member states.
The Guardian reports that just two other countries - Ireland and Denmark - used less cheap energy per unit of GDP than the UK, while Britain's reliance on the banking industry is thought to account for its energy efficiency, as the sector tends to produce relatively few carbon emissions.
The EU has set targets to reduce emissions by 20 per cent by 2020, although a number of energy suppliers have written to the commission to voice their support of a 25 per cent cut in the next ten years.
Mark Todd of Energy Helpline says: "The reduction in energy usage has also been driven by the UK governments push to insulate homes and scrap old inefficient boilers over the last 10 years. Several suppliers, including British Gas, have reported have reported drops in usage per household following drives to make homes more energy efficient."