Policy & Research

Energy efficiency

During 2012 the coalition Government will complete its development of market framework for a Green Deal that will help make energy efficiency affordable for consumers, by removing the need to pay for work upfront and by providing the conditions for a competitive market that will provide best value and confidence in products for the customer.

The scale of the challenge for Britain’s housing stock is unparalleled: the Energy Saving Trust has found that in order to meet its carbon emissions targets for 2050, Britain must not only substantially decarbonise energy supplies, but nearly every home must have extensive energy efficiency and renewable energy measures applied and consumers will need to curb current increases in appliance use.

And carbon is not the only driver; reducing our energy demand is the most cost-efficient way to avoid suffering the worst impacts of rising fossil fuel prices.

Energy efficiency measures also make a home more comfortable, keeping it warmer in winter and cooler in summer, although the work required may be disruptive in the short-term.

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Latest News

  • OFT writing to energy efficiency firms

    10 January 2013

    Commenting on the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) announcement today advising energy efficiency firms on business practices, Audrey Gallacher, Director of Energy at Consumer Focus said: ‘Making a home more energy efficient is important for cutting bills, but can mean considerable up-front costs with consumers buying goods which they may only purchase once in their [...]

  • Energy efficiency investment is one of best ways to boost the economy – new research reveals

    9 November 2012

    A new report from Consumer Focus shows that investing money raised through carbon taxes in a major energy efficiency programme is one of the best ways to create jobs and boost the economy, while also tackling fuel poverty.1 The report2 – ‘Jobs, growth and warmer homes’ – is published today (Friday 9 Nov).  The research [...]

  • June e-newsletter: Smart meters guide, challenges and risks of the digital age and more

    2 July 2012

    This month: • Our new guide to smart meters • Join the discussion on the challenges and risks of the digital age • Delivery checklist and workshops for energy efficiency • Our research into Royal Mail's 'delivery to neighbour' trial

  • Government Green Deal and ECO statement

    11 June 2012

    Responding to the Government’s statement on the Green Deal and ECO today, Audrey Gallacher, Director of Energy at Consumer Focus, said:  ‘It is welcome that the Government has listened and improved many aspects of consumer protection for the Green Deal, but two key issues remain.  Protections must apply to all Green-Deal accredited products and services [...]

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Latest Publications

  • What’s in it for me? – Using the benefits of energy efficiency to overcome the barriers

    What's in it for me - cover

    15 June 2012

    Today (15 June) Consumer Focus has published research into innovative ways to engage people in energy efficiency. The research stemmed from feedback from a range of practitioners that interest in ‘free’ insulation was drying up.  We set out to identify projects that used comfort messages to market energy efficiency, but the answer is more complex [...]

  • Filling the gaps – Accuracy of Green Deal advice for cavity-walled homes

    Filling the gaps (cover)

    13 January 2012

    Consumer Focus is asking Government to take swift action to make changes to the way energy efficiency assessments treats cavity wall insulation. Consumer Focus has found that RdSAP, the Government’s energy efficiency assessment method, will never recommend cavity wall insulation for homes built after 1983, despite up to 2.3 million homes being built after this date with clear, unfilled cavity walls.

  • Keeping FiT – Consumers’ attitudes and experiences of microgeneration

    Keeping fit - cover

    12 December 2011

    The type of consumers who have installed renewable technologies, and the obstacles to installation, show that there is still a significant way to go to make microgeneration accessible to all. But most consumers with installed systems have had a positive experience, which is encouraging others to invest. This report brings together complementary consumer research by [...]

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