British homes “leak” heat up to three times more quickly than more energy-efficient homes on the continent, a survey suggests. Data from 80,000 smart thermostats across Europe were studied to measure how quickly homes in different countries cooled once heating was turned off. The starting temperature in all houses was 20°C, and the outside temperature was zero. Within the space of five hours, the temperature of the average British home dropped by 3°C, compared with just 1°C in Germany, 1.5°C in Italy, and 2.5°C in France, research by the smart thermostat company Tado found. The heat leakage from UK homes means that more energy is needed to keep properties warm in winter, pushing up greenhouse gas emissions.
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