ECCD research aims to develop and enhance approaches to providing energy products and services to residential customers, further understanding how to increase uptake. 

Working in partnership with Igloo Energy, research is undertaken to establish the influencing factors affecting the uptake of energy-efficient household  upgrades (including smart thermostats and hybrid heat pumps) which in the UK are below expected levels. Research has often focused on economic market failures, psychological factors are also a key influencing factor in particular energy literacy and personality traits (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism). 

Research with online focus groups are being undertaken in order to determine whether personalised messaging based on an individual’s traits will enhance understanding and  uptake of energy saving propositions. 

In addition ECCD are working on the LATENT project, further bringing together academic and industrial partners to offering thermal preference and acceptance of automated 3rd party control of residential heating systems for grid support.


Updates:

LATENT: ResidentiaL HeAT As An Energy SysTem Service 2021

ECCD are working on the LATENT project, bringing together academic and industrial partners to offering thermal preference and acceptance of automated 3rd party control of residential heating systems for grid support.

Envisioning Buildings-as-Energy-Service 2020

The project “Developing a Tool Kit for Knowledge Integration: Envisioning Buildings-as-Energy-Service” is aimed at creating an inter-disciplinary research environment to stimulate the innovation processes related to the concept of “Buildings-as-Energy-Service”.

Seamless Engaging Home Services: Making Efficiency Desirable (SENSE) 2018

SENSE is a project looking to develop a new approach to providing energy services (insulation, energy contracts etc) to their residential customers. The aim is to be able to offer a tailored offer to a household – ideally one with whom they already have a gas and electricity contract. Customer engagement is clearly key to ...

Demand modelling for infrastructure 2016

A key output from the Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency (SAVE) project mentioned on demand models for infrastructure resilience was the Network Investment Tool: a suite of models to improve the simulation of low-voltage distribution networks, thus better informing future investment strategies.

The role of community-based initiatives in energy saving 2011

This ESRC-funded 4 year year study is assessing the impact of community greening groups on a roll out program insulation upgrades in privately owned housing. The project is led by Prof. Graham Smith, School of Social Sciences, University of Westminster.