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Client: South West Water

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on all aspects of UK society.  Since March 2020, normal daily life has been suspended, with unprecedented changes to individual and household behaviours and the functioning of the UK economy.

Edge Analytics has collated a range of datasets to illustrate and estimate how the COVID-19 constraints have affected population mobility and required people to spend far more time in their homes, increasing domestic energy and water use, whilst altering the corresponding volumes of commercial use. 

The Extra-HOURS Model has combined these datasets to estimate the ‘extra hours at home per day’ that will have resulted at various stages of the pandemic. The model estimates these hours at monthly intervals.

The Extra-HOURS Model considers altered population dynamics for eleven key components: labour force, school children, UK students, overseas students, excess deaths, home movers, migrant workers, second home populations, day visits, night visits and visits overseas.

Applicable to any geography, the example here for a large area in the south east of England, indicates that, on average, an extra 3.2 million hours per day have been spent in domestic properties during the COVID-19 months, peaking at 5 million per day in April-May 2020.  That’s a considerable increase in the number of toilet flushes and cups of tea and coffee, compared to the equivalent period in previous years!