A £3 million project has been launched to study the behaviour of householders on heat and energy consumption in the UK.
The research, commissioned and funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), is part of its £100 million Smart Systems and Heat (SSH) technology programme, which aims to design the “first of its kind” smart energy system in the country.
The new study will give insight into consumer requirements for heat and energy and is expected to provide answers to how consumer demand for space heating and hot water can be best met.
Rebecca Sweeney, ETI Project Manager said: “The ETI’s national energy modelling work identifies more efficient use of energy as an immediate development priority for the UK. This research will ultimately help to identify trends in real mass-market consumer behaviour, requirements and profiles in order to help us in our goal to design and communicate an effective smart energy system design for the UK market.”
The results are also expected to help with the development of future energy products and services targeted at consumer requirements.