Tendency to leave lights on when not in a room UK 2012-2019

This statistic shows how likely respondents to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Energy and Climate Change Public Attitude Tracking Survey in the United Kingdom (UK) were to turn lights off when leaving a room, from 2012 and 2019. In March 2019, just over half of respondents said they never leave lights on when they are not in the room.

How often, if at all, do you personally leave the lights on when you are not in the room*?

March 2012March 2013March 2014March 2015March 2016March 2017March 2018March 2019
Quite often9%12%9%10%9%9%10%8%
Very often5%5%6%5%5%6%6%5%
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Release date

May 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 2012 to March 2019

Number of respondents

4,224 respondents

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

UK households

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

*Question originally posed as ''How often, if at all, do you personally do any of the following?''
Percentages may not total 100 percent due to rounding.
-Base 2017 = 2,180 UK households.
-Base 2016 = 2,105 UK households.
-Base 2015 = 1,981 UK households.
-Base 2014 = 2,040 UK households.
-Base 2013 = 2,057 UK households.
-Base 2012 = 2,121 UK households.

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