• Clocks going back 'adds £24 to winter energy bills

    Article by Emily Gosden

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    The clocks going back one hour over winter adds £24 to a typical household's annual energy bill, a study has claimed.

    Sunday's switch back to Greenwich Mean Time will mean it gets darker even earlier in the evenings, causing households to turn their lights on sooner.

    Over the course of the winter months this will add up to a typical household using an extra £23.88, according to analysis by B&Q - or a total increase of £630 million to the nation's winter energy bills.

    The calculation assumes the household uses 30 lightbulbs and is based on survey evidence that most homes have a mixture of traditional incandescent lightbulbs, energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs, halogen lights and a few LED lights.

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