Murray final sees energy demand ‘fall 400,000 kettles’

Energy demand fell by around 400,000 kettles’ worth yesterday as people settled down in front of the telly to watch Andy Murray smash home the first Wimbledon win for a […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Energy demand fell by around 400,000 kettles’ worth yesterday as people settled down in front of the telly to watch Andy Murray smash home the first Wimbledon win for a British man in more than seven decades.

There was a suppression of electricity demand of 1000MW during the gripping tennis match, according to the National Grid.

There was no rush for electricity during the game as presumably in the hot weather – with temperatures hitting 40 degrees on Centre Court – not so many Brits opted for a cuppa in the nail-biting breaks.

A spokesperson told ELN the grid doesn’t usually see much of an energy rise during Wimbledon, explaining: “Tennis just isn’t one that causes a pickup!”

The final viewing figures for 2013 are unconfirmed but nearly 17 million people tuned in to watch Murray’s performance in the men’s singles final last year.

 

Image: ©AELTC/Matthias Hangst.