Potentially disruptive innovations in the home typically involve smart, digital, responsive technologies for managing energy. But structural renovations to make the home more efficient still offer the biggest potential energy savings. New research by the SILCI team explains why homeowners decide to undertake these renovations, with important implications for policymakers.
Since the cancellation of the Green Deal in 2015, the UK has lacked a national policy framework for boosting energy-efficient renovation rates in homes. By analysing data collected from large samples of would-be renovators, Charlie Wilson and Hazel Pettifor from the SILCI project team explain in a blog what needs to be done.
New research published in Energy Policy identifies local hotspots and coldspots of energy-efficiency activity in response to the same national policy framework. Led by Craig Morton at Leeds University with the support of Charlie Wilson from the SILCI project, the research also found strong evidence of social influence effects through which high levels of activity […]
New research by Charlie Wilson with colleagues from IIASA in Vienna is finding that small-scale energy technologies offer a wide range of potential benefits to users, and to the energy system as a whole. Charlie gave a talk summarising the findings so far during a visit to the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the […]
Dan Brown’s new thriller, Origin, features a whole range of potentially disruptive low-carbon innovations! A personal supercomputer accessed via smartphone allows the protagonist to use ‘on-demand mobility’ across river, air, and road, with the final leg of the journey in a fully autonomous electric vehicle. The villain, meanwhile, escapes using an ‘Uber-style’ ride share. With […]