Households account for between a quarter and a third of total energy use in the UK. Improving their energy efficiency would reduce carbon emissions and bills.
The Conservative party manifesto at the last election stated that the government will help individuals save energy, improve the energy efficiency of existing homes, upgrade all fuel poor homes to EPC Band C by 2030, and review requirements on new homes1.
How should that be done? Where are the savings to be made? And how will we know whether government has delivered?
The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) have produced a new report, The potential for energy savings in UK housing, which finds that energy use in homes could be reduced cost-effectively by 25%, an amount the authors say is equivalent to 6 Hinkley Point C power stations.
Prof. Jim Watson, Director, UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)
Dr Jan Rosenow, Senior Research Fellow in Energy Efficiency, University of Sussex
Prof. Nick Eyre, Energy Demand Research Champion for the Research Councils’ Energy Programme and Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford.