Domestic energy use study: to understand why comparable households use different amounts of energy

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.

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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.

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