The Remaining Potential for Energy Savings in UK Households, by Rosenow, Gurtler, Sorrell and Eyre was published in the October edition of Energy Policy. It highlights the huge untapped potential for energy efficiency installations within the UK housing stock. We covered this in the latest issue of Energy:2030 published last week.
Our chart this week highlights that between 2002 and 2016, total household energy usage decreased by 19%. This is despite there being 12% more houses and a 10% increase in population. This is largely due to improvements in domestic energy efficiency and usage. However, the paper notes that more work can be done in the long term. It found that roughly 25% (140TWh per year) of household energy use could be saved by 2035.