How We Heat Our Homes in 2021

Interim research findings that provide analysis of real world heating behaviour from the 'world’s largest living lab' that we're developing

17 August 2021

Our association with Octopus Energy means we can draw upon the experience of serving more than two million UK households, informing detailed simulations of the energy transition that are based on real world data.

We’re currently building an agent-based model for the decarbonisation of heat and transport. Households are critical actors within those transitions and an important model input is a data-driven understanding of how different households heat their homes today. From there, we can start to ask how things may change, for example in relation to heating technologies, energy efficiency, price signals and extreme weather.

In this report, we share some of what we’re learning about real-world heating behaviour in the process of setting up those household agents.

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