Domestic gas consumption in the UK can vary dramatically between households. The top ten per cent of gas users consume as least four times as much gas as the bottom ten per cent. Quantitative modelling by The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) – based on the property, household income and tenure – has so far been able to explain less than 40% of this variation.
In order to begin to understand the unexplained portion, Brook Lyndhurst were commissioned by DECC to undertake qualitative research exploring the day-to-day lives of the people that live in those houses so as to build a rich, people-centred picture of how energy is actually consumed.
Brook Lyndhurst is an independent research and strategy consultancy. We use a variety of research techniques to tackle questions concerned with understanding, promoting and delivering sustainable development. Broadly, our work falls into one of six key areas – climate change; communities; business and sustainability; waste and resources; food; and sustainable lifestyles.
Ten years ago, Brook Lyndhurst commissioned MORI to survey a representative sample of 1,000 adults. One of the things we asked back then was: “To what extent do you think it would fair or unfair for the government to charge a lower rate of VAT on energy efficient products and a higher rate of VAT [...]
More sustainable consumption is likely to mean ‘buying less stuff’ – or, more specifically, acquiring fewer products that deplete finite material resources. If people are to maintain their lifestyles, this will mean changes such as renting goods rather than buying them, and buying second-hand or reconditioned goods rather than new ones. Our recent survey* results [...]