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Creature comforts cost pet owners £2m in energy

By Linda Stewart

Published 16/11/2015

Animal-lovers in Northern Ireland are spending an extra £2.2m a year by leaving the heating or TV on to comfort pets when they're out
Animal-lovers in Northern Ireland are spending an extra £2.2m a year by leaving the heating or TV on to comfort pets when they're out

Animal-lovers in Northern Ireland are spending an extra £2.2m a year by leaving the heating or TV on to comfort pets when they're out.

Energy Saving Trust research shows 43% of pet owners admit to leaving the heating on during the day to keep their pets warm, while a quarter turn on the radio and 15% leave the TV on for hours at a time every day to keep them company.

But leaving the heating on all day for your pet could add up to £150 a year to your energy bills, the Trust warns - and it may not be necessary.

Trust spokesman Patrick Thompson says: "On average we spend more than half of our energy bills on heating, so to spend more money when we're not there, for pets that have fur coats, isn't essential."

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