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Energy Saving Trust is committed to discovering new ways of accelerating a move to a sustainable future.

We're at the forefront of world-renowned research that challenges conventions. We share much of our research so that the wider public can learn and benefit from it - our reports are available to download as PDFs within Publications

David Weatherall presenting Energy Saving Trust research


Energy Saving Trust's views on maximising interoperability for SMETS1 meters

Read our views on the consulatuion on maximising the interoperability for SMES1 meters

Highlighting low carbon innovation in Scotland

Event raises awareness of green tech north of the border. Read the news on highlighting low carbon innovation in Scotland here. 

Energy Saving Trust's views on the ECO3 consulation

Read our views on the ECO3 consultation.

Building Energy Labelling in Scotland

This report presents an overview of Scotland's home energy performance certification. It was produced following a visit of Natural Resources Canada staff to Scotland in January 2018. Canadian provinces and territories have committed to introducing building energy labelling as early as 2019, and this report provides insight for Canadian stakeholders on what they can learn from Scotland's established labelling system.

UK:Pulse reports

UK:Pulse 2016 Connecting with homeowners: making energy efficiency relevant

Led by the Energy Saving Trust, the latest UK Pulse survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI, considers consumer attitudes towards energy in the home. This new research looks at how to convince homeowners of the benefits of energy efficiency: when to engage, how to engage and what messages to use.

UK:Pulse 2015 Communicating energy saving messages

Energy Saving Trust has a long history of understanding how consumers interact with energy efficiency in the home. This piece of research investigates the juxtaposition between how businesses approach energy saving messaging and how consumers interact with it.

UK:Pulse 2014

The first of our UK Pulse reports kicks off a series of research on consumer views and action on energy in homes across the UK. Download the report to find out the results of our online survey of more than 2,000 people. 

Research papers, pilots and guides

Energy efficiency: An infrastructure priority

The Energy efficiency: An infrastructure priority research was undertaken by Frontier Economics and shows a programme to make homes energy efficient should be a national infrastructure priority for Government. The research was commissioned by Energy Saving Trust, Citizens Advice, Energy Bill Revolution, Kingfisher Plc and MIMA – Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association.

The behaviour change pilot - encouraging households to make better use of their heating systems

In October 2015 the Scottish Government commissioned the Energy Saving Trust, working in partnership with Changeworks and SCARF (who both operate Home Energy Scotland (HES) advice centres under contract to the Energy Saving Trust), to undertake a small pilot project to identify the techniques that best encourage people to make best use of their heating controls, pilot the use of these techniques and evaluate their impact.

The Right Light

Energy Saving Trust produced ‘The Right Light’ lighting guide, in association with NHBC Foundation, to provide a useful starting point for designers and house builders who have not yet developed expertise in the use of low energy lighting, and want to prepare themselves for a future which will inevitably be dominated by LED technology.

At Home with Water 2 - technical report

This follow-up to the first report aims to establish an in-depth understanding of water consumption in UK homes. The focus of this smaller qualitative study was to understand householders’ perceptions of their water use, as well as their priorities and experiences, in order to help identify potential areas for development in water efficiency. 

At Home with Water

Our research into domestic water use in the UK uncovers the results of our successful online tool, The Water Energy Calculator, used by households to help them understand their water use and identify potential savings. 'At home with water' will enable consumers, business and government to understand how water is used in the home, forecast future trends and help millions of households to save water and money.

Powering the Nation: Household electricity-using habits revealed

The Household Electricity Survey (HES) was the most detailed monitoring of electricity use ever carried out in the UK. Electricity consumption was monitored at an appliance level in 250 owner-occupied households across England from 2010 to 2011. Extensive analysis was undertaken on appliance ownership, labels, actual efficiencies, potential for savings in different social groups and the potential to reduce peak electricity demand.

Smart Lives

This research uncovers how people engage with smart technologies. The answers in this report show that we must better understand how people feel and react to them before attempting to predict the implications for our smart future.

Thermal imaging and area based schemes 2015

In February 2014 the Energy Saving Trust (EST) commissioned Changeworks to investigate the effectiveness of thermal imaging as a tool to support the design and delivery of Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Schemes (HEEPS: ABS). This included its usefulness in marketing materials highlighting the benefits of HEEPS: ABS measures and for identifying uninsulated properties for inclusion in future programmes.

Thermal imaging allows analysis of heat loss from buildings without access to the property (e.g. physical inspections) and provides a visual aid for promoting energy efficiency measures to homeowners. It therefore has the potential to improve uptake of external wall insulation (EWI) and cavity wall insulation (CWI) through inclusion in marketing materials, as well as through identification of properties with inadequate insulation.

To investigate the potential of thermal imaging as a marketing tool, a sample of 25 solid wall properties in Dunfermline was selected to provide ‘before’ and ‘after’ images of EWI installation. These images were used in a marketing exercise to investigate whether they could be used to increase EWI sign-up. Finally, the potential of thermal imaging for identifying properties with unfilled cavities was trialled through capturing images of properties in Eyemouth.

Field trials

Getting warmer: a field trial of heat pumps (phase 1)

The original 2010 landmark report into field trials of heat pump installations around the UK. 

The Heat is on: Heat Pump Field Trials (phase 2)

This report reveals that heat pumps are now more important than ever, and can play a significant part in helping the UK reach its carbon emissions reduction targets. Field trials conducted by the Energy Saving Trust examine the comprehensive performance monitoring of the heat pump system, improvements to system performance through design and control, and user behaviour

Location, Location, Location: a field trial of small scale wind

A 2009 field trial of domestic small-scale wind by Energy Saving Trust.

Lit Up: an LED lighting field trial

A 2008 Energy Saving Trust field trial of LED lighting.

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