It’s been a drastic lifestyle change.
But a new study suggests that adapting to the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions could be helping some people to discover a new-found balance in their daily grind.
Property advisor, Savills and smart energy company, Pinergy, have partnered to launch the Savills-Pinergy Energy Monitor, to study the impact of social distancing and stay at home measures on energy consumption.
The results make for interesting reading:
- We’re waking up later: Overall energy consumption in family homes is up approximately 11% with some up by over 20%, however, the morning energy consumption peak has dropped by as much as 30% as people get out of bed later – with no commute to work, school, college – or elsewhere – required in the current environment.
- We’re eating dinner earlier: In the evening – post 6pm – consumption is down by between 10% and 20%, reflecting a return to the traditional 9am-5pm working day. With no commute to endure, families are eating earlier.
- We’re getting more early nights: People are going to bed earlier, with consumption remaining lower throughout the evening.
- We’re meeting online: Working day consumption (9am – 5pm) is up by almost 30% during certain hours, as meetings take place virtually, and more time is spent at the computer and other devices.
- City populations are smaller: There has been a decrease in consumption amongst city dwellers (4.2%), young renters (12.2%) and students (22.9%), with many moving back to the family-home in other parts of the country or overseas.
“For many, the daily commute, school drop-offs, grocery shopping, dinner preparation – amongst others – leaves very little time for anything else.” said Sharyn McAndrew, Head of Energy and Sustainability at Savills Ireland.
“However, the data from Pinergy reveals a drastic change in working patterns over the past month – we are getting more sleep, we are less engaged in electronic devices in the evening, and hopefully getting more exercise. Going forward, the challenge for employers will be to ensure some of this new-found balance in our day can be maintained once the current restrictions come to an end.”