The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has launched a £3m research project to study the behaviour of householders in their heat and energy consumption.
The study is part of ETI’s £100m Smart Systems and Heat technology programme launched in April by prime minister David Cameron to build the UK’s first smart energy system.
The ETI says the project, which it is funding, is needed to help answer questions as to how consumer demand for heat and energy can best be met. The solutions developed by the project will inform the development of future products targeted at meeting consumer requirements.
Rebecca Sweeney, ETI’s 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.”