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Our research and reports

We are committed to discovering new ways of accelerating a move to a sustainable future and are at the forefront of world-renowned research that challenges conventions.

If there is a gap in understanding, or something we think can be done better, our leading-edge experts in the field will look to find the answers.

We take theories into real-life situations, test them out and come back with practical advice that can be adopted by householders, governments, businesses and organisations.

Most important of all, 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. 

If you have any research ideas that can help accelerate a move to a sustainable future then get in touch.

Our pioneering research 

The big energy rethink sets out the Energy Saving Trust's approach to developing research. It challenges established wisdom to create new ways of thinking and intends to transform the way the UK thinks about energy and water. By combining our expertise with key business influencers and thought leaders in industry, we aim to uncover fresh insights and ideas in order to better understand behaviour change and drive positive action.  

Read about the aims of The big energy rethink.


The 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. 



The heat is on: heat pump field trials (phase 2)

The heat is on 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



At home with water

At home with water reveals the results of our successful online tool, The Water Energy Calculator, to help households 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.



At home with water 2

At home with water 2 is a follow-up to the first report and 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. 


Powering the nation

Powering the nation highlights how much we need to do to reduce our energy use in the UK and work towards a low-carbon future. Not only do we need to use less power, we also need to use power differently and at different times, altering our behaviour to reduce the ‘peak load’ demands on the grid. This will become even more crucial in the next decade, when there's more decentralised and renewable power in the electricity mix, and we need to power the next generation of electric vehicles.


Lit up: An LED lighting field trial

Lit up: LED field trial is the Energy Saving Trust's field trial report of LED technology. It assesses the installation of LED lighting in communal areas of social housing, such as stairwells and corridors. The report reveals that LEDs can bring better light brightness, colour and distribution, and can offer significant reductions in energy and maintenance costs, particularly in areas where lighting is on for 24 hours a day.


SHIMMER: Smart Homes Integrating Meters Money Energy Research

SHIMMER report is a unique system that uses smart meters to help fuel-poor, low-income households to manage their energy consumption and finances more efficiently. Smart home energy management and income maximisation services – such as debt, tax and benefits advice – can help vulnerable households to make financial savings that can run into the thousands, according to the report which has been produced by a London fuel-poverty pilot by a consortium of partners, funded by the Technology Strategy Board.