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Brits being roasted for cooking their turkey at Christmas

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Written by: Adam Lewis
22/12/2016
The average UK household could be spending up to £50 extra in gas and electricity in December, with the UK facing a total energy bill of £15,000,000 for cooking the Christmas dinner.

Research from go compare.com Energy, found the average turkey Christmas dinner takes about five hours of oven time to cook, costing a household about £1.50 to power. This it says is 1.5 times more than a family’s standard electricity bill for an entire day and equates to 14,056 metric tonnes of c02 emissions UK wide which is enough to fuel a household for a year.

Meanwhile leaving the Christmas lights on the tree for about six hours a day costs UK families 37p a day over the festive period. Those who go to town doing the outside of their house could be looking at an electricity bill of just under £3 a day.

For Christmas tree lights alone, gocompare says this equates to just under £3.75m in electricity a day across the UK.

“Our research highlights that, while it may not seem a lot per household, the combined impact of increased Christmas energy usage can make a huge difference to the UK’s overall output,” said gocompare.com Energy’s Ben Wilson.

“Reducing carbon emissions is hugely important in offsetting global warming, so we all have a personal responsibility to do our part and reduce our energy output when possible,” he added.

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