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When the temperature drops below 14°C, Brits turn up the heat

London, 11.10.2019 - A new study from intelligent home climate management company tado° has found that, on average, Brits first turn on their post-summer heating when the outside temperature drops to 13.5°C, but there’s a difference between Southerners, Northerners, and Scots.

The average outdoor temperature needed to get Southern English people to first turn on their thermostat after the summer is 13.5°C. Northerners wait for it to drop to 13°C, while Scots hold out until the temperature falls to just 12.5°C. The average inside temperature at this time is 20.5°C for Southerners, 20°C for Northerners, and 19.5°C for Scots.[1]

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the findings show that the further north you live, the more likely you are to tolerate both a colder outdoor and indoor temperature. Welsh people are, however, the first to turn on the thermostat when the outdoor temperature drops to 14°C, even though Wales is further north than southern England. As of the second week of October, approximately 95% of Brits had switched their heating on since the summer.  

Brits like their homes to be cooler than their European neighbours, from Norway to Spain. tado° has also revealed that the average yearly temperature in UK homes is 21°C compared to 22°C in Germany and the Netherlands, 22.5°C in France and Sweden, and 23°C in Spain, Italy, and Norway.

The difference one degree can make

Heating and cooling in buildings and industry accounts for half of the EU’s energy consumption. While over three quarters of home energy use comes from heating and hot water.[2] Research from the Energy Saving Trust has shown that turning down the heat by just 1°C helps to save around £80 a year on an average household’s energy bill.[3] In addition, using smart thermostats can ensure that homes and rooms are only heated when occupied, which can save up to a third on your energy bill.[4]

About tado°

Founded in Munich, 2011, tado° is the leader in intelligent home climate management. With its Smart Thermostats for heating and cooling, tado° works as your Climate Assistant with Skills such as Geofencing, Weather Adaptation, Open Window Detection, Air Comfort, and more. Having secured over USD 100m in funding and with ~200 employees, tado° reshapes the way energy is consumed at home for more comfort, savings, and wellbeing. www.tado.com


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[1]  tado° internal user study conducted October 8, 2019. Figures rounded to nearest 0.5°c

[2]  European Commission: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/energy-efficiency/heating-and-cooling

[3] Energy Saving Trust: https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/energy-saving-quick-wins

[4] tado° & Ecuity ‘Energy Efficiency measures by comparison 2016 study’ - source available on request