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Shock cost of hidden ‘kettle tax’ revealed to UK firms


If you work in an office, you’ll know that making a few tea rounds a day pretty much comes in the job description.

We all know that slightly sinking feeling when you get up from your desk and ask who fancies a brew… and everyone in the office replies with an unhesitant ‘YES’ – meaning you have to spend what seems like a few days in the kitchen getting everyone’s drink (Tea? Coffee? Decaf because it’s after 4pm?) just right.

But apart from our time, what else do these tea rounds cost? According to a study that we recently carried out, the average employee boils the work kettle a whopping 759 times a year. When we take into consideration that most kettles cost around 30p per boil, you’re looking at an average ‘kettle tax’ per employee of £227.70 per year. That’s enough teabags for the folks over at Manchester Airport to make a cup of tea for every morning passenger annually – and still have some left over for the staff!

We were shocked to see just how much tea rounds can cost businesses. To cut their bills, employers need to encourage their teams to perform energy saving techniques such as only boiling as much water they need and only heating or cooling a room when needed.

Visit our Interactive Eco-Save Office to find out just how much you could save by flicking the switch on some of those appliances.

Blowing Hot and Cold

This brings us onto something else that we discovered in our study: over half of the employees we spoke to told us that they are unhappy with the temperature in their workplace – and with the great British weather often going from one extreme to the other, it’s little wonder that almost a quarter of workers reporting that their office is too warm in the summer and too cold in the winter.

However, a further fifth of these employees have surprised us by saying that their office is always too warm due to the heating being permanently switched on. Just as surprising is that eleven per cent of these employees say that they are always too cold in the office because the air conditioning is on all the time!

It’s common knowledge that it is not good for your health to be too hot or cold for most of the time – this can result in workers feeling unproductive or even taking time off sick! It is important to save energy and make your employees happier by only using the heating or air con when it is needed.

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