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Home workers flock to libraries to keep energy bills low

More than half of remote workers have decamped to local venues to save money on heating bills.

Nine in 10 workers who split their time working from home and the office are concerned about the impact it is having on their energy bills.

To stay warm and keep energy bills low, hybrid workers have been plugging in their laptops at local venues.

Research by TalkTalk Business found significant rises in broadband usage at libraries, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants across the UK which it puts down to a surge in hybrid workers searching for alternative spaces to work.

The most notable year-on-year surge in broadband usage was found in libraries, up by 147%. Coffee shops were the next highest, 38%.

Half of those surveyed who have used alternative venues for work are now doing so for one or two days a week. A further third swapped home for local businesses or libraries three or four days a week.

One in 10 employees now work from local venues for the full five-day working week.

Businesses are benefitting from the uplift in visitors searching for free heating and Wifi, with 98% of those surveyed saying they usually make a purchase at the venue.

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