Britain’s renters are aiming to save money during the cost of living crisis this winter – by having a morning shower in the gym, charging their tech in the office, and keeping warm in cafes.
A poll of 2,000 private tenants found 47 per cent of those intending to leave home for other venues are confused about the energy efficiency changes they can reasonably make without breaching their tenancy agreements.
As a result, more than a fifth (22 per cent) will be heading to the gym each morning for a shower to cut down on water and heating bills.
And 26 per cent plan to bring their devices into the office to charge them up during the day.
Another 20 per cent have their sights set on cafes to make use of their heating and Wi-Fi during workdays.
While 26 per cent reckon it’ll be more cost effective to buy a few hot drinks, rather than heating their home.
More than a third (36 per cent) think this will help manage their outgoings this winter, but 14 per cent have no idea how much their next energy bill will be.
Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of rental tenants will be spending more time in their local library this winter so they don’t have to heat their homes.
And 23 per cent will take the opportunity to visit friends and family members at their houses, while their own heating stays off.
Guide to help keep bills down
Smart Energy GB, which commissioned the OnePoll research, has produced an energy efficiency guide for renters to help them identify areas where they can take action [smartenergygb.org/smart-meter-awareness-week].
Spokesperson Victoria Bacon said: “With energy bills increasing, many people are making plans to beat the rising cost of living.
“But for renters, not knowing what energy efficiency changes they’re allowed to make can be an extra

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