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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, then 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 from it, and benefit from it.

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

Our pioneering research 

Our research is part of the Big Energy Rethink report which challenges established wisdom to create new ways of thinking. By combining our expertise with partners, made up of  key business influencers and thought leaders, we aim to transform the way the UK uses energy and water.

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.

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.