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Playing rugby for an hour is enough to heat Dartford home for 90 minutes, research reveals

PUBLISHED: 11:46 05 September 2016

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Close-up of gas burner

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British Gas is campaining for more households to see how much energy they're using

The average energy usage of Dartford homes has been put under the microscope to encourage consumers to monitor how much resources they’re paying for.

Research by British Gas has revealed how much energy is used playing the nation’s favourite sports to illuminate how much a typical household can save.

Rugby tops the list, with the average person using 612 burning per hour - enough to heat the average home in Dartford for 90 minutes.

In close second and third are football and tennis, each using 408 calories for an hour’s worth of play and enough to run a hot shower for at least three hours according to British Gas smart meter data.

The study is part of British Gas’ smart meter campaign, helping to get more households in Dartford to benefit from seeing how much energy they’re using in pounds and pence.

British Gas Smart Energy Expert, Lauren Vazquez, installs smart meters in homes across Dartford.

“With so many families out and about and enjoying playing or watching sports this summer, it’s incredible to see how the energy used keeping active could power the average household.

“We know that keeping on top of your own household energy usage might be the last thing on your mind during summer. However, there are some simple ways you can be smarter with your energy use this summer.

“Make sure you don’t leave multiple appliances running if you’re not using them, or if you’re heading out. If you get fed up of watching your favourite sports on TV, make sure to turn it off, rather than leaving it on standby.

“It’s also worth considering smart meters. The great thing about them is that they come with a smart energy monitor, which shows how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence.”

“Smart meters also send accurate readings to us, if you’re a British Gas customer, which means an end to estimated bills.”

Smart meters replace existing standard gas and electricity meters and will be introduced in homes and businesses as standard by 2020. They come with a smart energy monitor that displays how much gas and electricity is being used, and its cost in pounds and pence, in near-real time.

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