Six ways to use electricity
The conclusions of “Your Energy Counts” are not mere speculation. We’ve analysed the data collected by the meters from over 100,000 homes and we've crossed the studies and the databases of the NIE, IDAE and OCU.
This procedure has allowed us to sketch out a country in which there are 6 main ways of consuming energy:
- Early risers: 3.6% of homes. They wake up very early at 6 am, but don’t go to sleep until midnight. They sleep very little (fewer than 7 hours per day) and tend to only work in the morning.
- Homebodies: 60% of homes. There is almost always someone at home. They watch a lot of television. They wake up early (around 7:45 am) and have very steady habits. Unemployed and retired people constitute a large part of these homes (according to the NIE, either an unemployed person or a retiree lives in 77% of homes).
- Afternoons out: 3.1% of homes. They’re a rare breed. They go out a lot during the week and enjoy their free time in the afternoons. They tend to wake up late, eat lunch at home and then leave and not return until supper.
- Mornings out: 18.5% of homes. Mostly people who work morning shifts and return to eat lunch at home. They get up later than early risers (7:30), but like them, they prefer to spend the afternoon at home.
- Never at home: 6% of homes. Those who work mostly during the day, are out from 8 am to 6 pm. Though this work schedule may be standard, in 75% of Spanish homes more than one person lives with a different type of lifestyle or schedule.
- Night owls: 8.7% of homes. An unusual pace of life, staying up late (they don’t go to bed until 3 or 4 in the morning), they wake up late and eat at home before doing a wide variety of tasks.
How do we use electricity in Spain?
The “Your Energy Matters” big data project has not only allowed us to detect 6 lifestyles in Spain, but we can also figure out what each type of home is doing at all times.
For example, thus, we can know that there are 4 places in Spain in which they wake up earlier than in the rest of the country: Ciudad Real, Coruña, Huesca and Jaén, who are accustomed to waking up between 4:30 and 5:30 am.
We can also put you to the test and challenge you with a quiz that evaluates your knowledge about energy expenses in Spain and the consumption profiles: