This trial for the Energy Revolution Integration Service explored how smart heating controls may help vulnerable households afford the energy they need to be safe, healthy and comfortable.
Innovative housing association Bromford are joining our Living Lab to explore how smart heating can improve comfort, control and cost for households at risk of fuel poverty – while providing vital data on the thermal performance of homes.
To tackle fuel poverty more effectively, we need to develop our understanding of it through increased focus on innovation – according to ESC fuel poverty specialist Dr Rose Chard.
As the annual fuel poverty figures are released by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Energy Systems Catapult chief executive Phil New says innovation may hold the key to delivering tailored solutions to fuel poor households.
Conventional approaches to ‘protecting’ the fuel poor have focussed on the needs of the energy system, not those of the consumer. Dr Rose Chard in leading Energy Systems Catapult’s Fair Futures programme, which is partnering with organisations from various sectors to better understand the issues faced by vulnerable energy consumers and help identify possible solutions.