Households are also kept warmer than they were in 1970 and more households have central heating which has made internal temperatures easier to manage. In 1970 5.6 million homes were centrally heated, this had increased to 21.7 million by 2000, accounting for nearly 90 per cent of all households in Great Britain. Average internal temperatures increased from 13ºC in 1970 to 18ºC in 2000.
Imagine how cold it must have been in some homes if the average was 13°C.
#140509 - 04/11/0412:47 PMRe: Energy consumption in U.K.
Tell me about it C-H! Until we moved into a new house with central heating (a last minute addition I believe) in 1967 I distinctly remember as a youngster waking up on a winter’s morning and seeing my misty breath in the freezing temperature of the bedroom. There was a good layer of ice on the inside of the single pane of glass and standing on your PJ’s stopped your feet freezing when getting dressed.
“… and you tell the youth of today and they don’t believe you. Luxury it was!”
#140510 - 04/12/0407:01 AMRe: Energy consumption in U.K.
In all fairness, many Swedish homes were poorly insulated at least up until the 60's. My grandparents house still had single glass windows, heating only on the lower floor and no bathroom when they sold it a few years ago.
The Swedish economy boomed after WWII and many homes were built in the decades that followed. These are typically very well insulated and heated. A lot of work was also put into improving insulation and adding heating to existing homes. In fact, a recent study suggested that there had been no further improvement since 1980.
The latest homes have no heating, only very thick walls. Surprisingly it seems to work.
#140512 - 04/13/0406:16 AMRe: Energy consumption in U.K.