A new study from tado° has found that UK homes had their daytime heating on 14% more this winter in comparison to the previous winter.

Despite financial and environmental savings made with less driving, home energy bills have gone up as heating use has increased.

The study sampled approximately 65,000 UK and 300,000 European homes. It found that Italian and Spanish households faced the biggest increases in home heating with Denmark and Sweden among the lowest.

In the UK, homeowners turned on their heating 14.3% more than in the same period the previous year. This was despite the fact that this winter was on average 0.6°C warmer than the previous winter in Europe.

 “We’ve seen a massive transition from office to home working over the last year and this has a significant impact on heating and hot water costs,” said tado° Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Christian Deilmann.