Dads’ nagging saves families £220 million a year – enough to buy 150 million pairs of socks
Families typically save £220 on utilities when Dads nag about wasting energy, claims a new survey from a utilities provider.
Some 93% of fathers admit to regularly nagging their children about common gripes such as turning off the lights when they leave a room, mobiles at the dinner table or wasting energy, according to a survey of 2,000 people by British Gas.
And six million dads steaming about overfilled kettles, left-on-lights and electronic devices set on stand buy collectively save UK families over £1 billion each year, enough to buy 150 million pairs of gift socks for Fathers’ Day.
Pa pressure to turn off central heating saves the average family around £170 a year, while telling children to hurry up in the shower knocks £40 off annual bills.
Sushil Umrao, smart energy expert at British Gas, says: “Dads are the ‘go-to’ gurus for advice on issues around the home, and our research also shows they know best when it comes to energy saving tips.”
Top ten ‘Dad Nags’ revealed
- Clean up after yourself
- Turn the light off when you leave a room
- Shut the door behind you
- Take your shoes off when coming into the hosue
- Don’t leave the taps running when you brush your teeth
- Close the windows when you go out
- Don’t leave the TV on standby
- Don’t spend so long in the shower
- Don’t turn the heating on when it’s warm outside
- Don’t use your mobile at the dinner table