Better domestic energy advice in England? A narrative literature review. An Energy-PIECES report
||Warren, G. and Foulds, C. Better domestic energy advice in England? A narrative literature review. An Energy-PIECES report. UKERC. 2020. (none). Cite this using DataCite|
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||This report focuses on English domestic energy advice, and has three key aims: provide an overview of the history of energy policy including advice in the UK and current advice offerings, review the academic literature on the merits and drawbacks of providing energy advice, and a review of what should be considered to provide more effective energy advice to householders.
The report finds that the impact of domestic energy advice on energy saving is patchy and contested, with no clear definition or appreciation of qualitative benefits or costs of its impact. Generally, there is a consensus in the literature away from a deficit model approach to energy advice provision: that solely providing information to householders will not result in a real reduction in their energy use. Despite this, multiple meta-analyses and systematic literature reviews find that energy advice does have a positive impact on domestic energy demand reduction, albeit varying depending on advice methods and characteristics.
Part of the Energy-PIECES project, this report was developed during a secondment at the Energy Savings Trust.