Many animal owners view their pet as a member of the family, but how much electricity are we using to provide comfort for our cats and dogs?
A staggering 73.4% of pet owners turn electrical appliances on in the house, just for their pets. New research by npower reveals the most used devices to keep our pets happy, and how much energy this uses day-to-day.
Protection from the cold
With temperatures plummeting to -1°C and a snowstorm on its way, many Brits have their pets in the forefront of their minds. This research shows that protecting our furry friends from the cold goes much further than wrapping them in a blanket, adding extra hay into their bedding or buying a coat for their frosty walks.
This study shows 41.05% of homeowners turn their heating on purely for their pet and nearly 8% run hot baths for their pet. This pampering adds up and could cost £2.30-£2.90 a day!
Dogs vs cats
Surprisingly, there is a clear division in the treatment of cats and dogs, with dogs receiving 20.06% more electrical luxuries. Not only are dogs more likely to receive heating and baths but are also given higher quality entertainment, food, and safety by their owners.
If you worry your pet will get lonely when left by themselves, you aren’t alone… 32% of dog owners leave the TV on for their canine pals, they’re more than twice as likely to than cat owners at just 15%. They are also far more likely to leave a radio on for them at 38% against 22.56% of feline owners
Dogs in the UK are also treated to warm meals more frequently than cats with their food being microwaved so that it tastes better. 8.69% of dog owners are heating up their dinners on these cooler nights versus 5.18% of cat owners.
Interestingly, dog owners were nearly twice as likely to put their pets safety first by installing a carbon monoxide alarm than cat owners. 15.68% of dog owners admitted to installing the device for their dogs against just 8.69% of cat owners.
Keeping pets cool in the summer
Even in the summer, pets across the UK are responsible for high electricity consumption with 25.3% of owners admitting they put a fan on to keep their pets cool. With 29.92% of dog owners and 17.53% cat owners switching it on for their pets, it seems we’re more than willing to keep our furry friends cool despite the extra costs
Although few people in the UK have air conditioning in their homes, 6.45% of those asked turned their air conditioning units on for their pets, with 7.48% of dog owners turning it on for them.