Guest Blog: Andy Constant – Guess what, when it comes to energy the weekend starts on Tuesday!

At least, it does in London, where you’ve got a better chance of getting a table or a hotel room on Saturday night than earlier in the week. Making the […]

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By Sumit Bose

At least, it does in London, where you’ve got a better chance of getting a table or a hotel room on Saturday night than earlier in the week.

Making the use of the 30 minute consumption data that we collect from our Smart electricity meters, we’ve analysed energy use patterns from more than 25,000 individual businesses across the country – from hotels and restaurants through to manufacturers. While every business is unique, energy use shows consistent patterns across both sectors and regions.

Let’s take hotels and restaurants as an example: there’s a strong increases in usage over the lunch and dinner times, which is what you’d expect to see shown below:

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Energy consumption by sector Sept 14 – Mar 15

 

If we dig a bit deeper, we can see that Saturday is by far their busiest day of the week.

Average usage is about 10% higher than Wednesday, the quietest day of the week. What is surprising is that this behaviour is seemingly consistent across the whole of the UK, with only London bucking this trend.

In London, Tuesday is noticeably busier: hotels and restaurants use 12% more energy than they do at the weekend:

 

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Energy use by region Sept 14 – Mar 15

 

According to government figures, net commuting figures into London are around half a million people per day, so it seems that their presence is driving that higher consumption.

If you want a quiet night out in London, try Wednesday!

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Andy Constant is Energy Analytics Value Manager for British Gas Business.

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