Domestic energy use
Digital energy futures: future living energy scenarios 2030/2050
This report explores how diverse households will live and use energy over the coming decades, helping to guide the energy industry to meet the needs and expectations of Australians into the future.
GreenGo: unlocking an energy efficiency and clean heat revolution
In this report, the authors highlight the substantial benefits of upgrading the UK’s housing stock to make the case for greater policy support above and beyond existing packages. They also argue for a comprehensive, nation-wide retrofitting programme to meet improved environmental standards to be overseen...
Evaluation of the Warmer Kiwis Homes programme: full report including cost benefit analysis
The Warmer Kiwi Homes (WKH) programme includes the provision of clean heating devices in living areas for eligible households that do not already have suitable heating. This report provides a comprehensive evaluation of the heat pump component of WKH.
Digital energy futures: foresights for future living
This report reveals new foresights for energy management in Australian households, including willingness to switch to electric vehicles, the need for better battery charging infrastructure, and sharing renewable energy.
Victorian energy market report 2021–22
This report aims to provide consumers with information about the energy market that would promote effective competition, to achieve the best outcomes for Victorian energy consumers.
Mind the gap: identifying the gap between energy concession eligibility and concessions received
Ensuring low-income consumers receive concessions is direct cost-of-living support to improve affordability of energy bills. This report highlights the gap between those eligible for an energy concession and those receiving this concession on their energy bills.
Towards energy equity: a strategy for an inclusive energy market
This strategy is focused on reducing barriers to participation, supporting energy consumers experiencing payment difficulty, ensuring the consumer voice is heard in sector reforms, and improving affordability by reducing the cost to serve energy consumers.
Switch and save: how gas is costing households
This report presents new analysis on exactly how expensive gas appliances are to run compared to the electrical alternatives, and how much households can save over the long term from switching.
Tackling the UK’s energy efficiency problem
With the United Kingdom paying the price for a decade of policy failure on energy policy, and with ministers giving the issue insufficient attention, this report sets out how the government can learn from successes abroad and failures at home, and develop a stable, long-term...
The Victorian Healthy Homes Program: research findings
The Victorian Healthy Homes Program was a randomised controlled trial designed to measure the impact of an energy efficiency and thermal comfort home upgrade on temperature, energy use, health and quality of life. This report outlines the findings from an evaluation of the program.
Addressing rising energy bills: what could the new prime minister do?
UK households are experiencing a severe cost of living crisis. Annualised bills for a typical household are currently rapidly. The UK government has already provided some support, but more is likely to be needed. This paper lays out the government’s options.
Power pain: an investigation of energy stress in Australia
Many people in Australia struggle to afford the energy they need for their wellbeing. This report investigates the scale of the problem of energy stress and identifies policy implications.
Cold and costly: renter researchers' experiences of Winter 22
From 13 June to 31 July 2022, researchers tracked temperature and humidity in over 70 rental homes around Australia. The findings are summarised in this report.
Payment difficulty framework implementation review 2022: findings report
The Essential Services Commission promotes protections for consumers experiencing vulnerability and supports access to regulated essential services for all Victorian consumers. A key objective of the commission is breaking down the barriers consumers can face when seeking information and assistance.
Review of Ofgem's regulation of the energy supply market
This report contains the findings of an independent review in the United Kingdom, commissioned by Ofgem's Board, into the root causes of the recent supplier failures and specifically, into how regulation of the retail energy industry played a part.
Effects of renting on household energy expenditure: evidence from Australia
This paper uses household survey data from Australia to investigate whether renters face larger energy bills than otherwise similar households. The findings cast light on the potential for more ambitious policy responses to reduce energy-related disadvantages faced by renters in Australia.
Energy in New Zealand 21
This publication provides comprehensive information on and analysis of New Zealand's energy supply, demand and prices.
Back of the pack: an assessment of Australia’s energy transition
Beyond the comparison with other countries, this paper indicates that Australia’s so-called ‘gas-fired economic recovery’ runs absolutely counter to the needs of Australia’s energy system transition, and would worsen, not improve, Australia’s emissions reduction performance.
Digital energy futures: future home life
What emerging technology routines are shaping the way people live? What implications do these social practices have on the future energy needs of Australian households? The research in this report uncovers the changing digital lifestyles and emerging home trends of everyday Australians, and speculates on...
Decarbonising homes: consumer attitudes towards energy efficiency and green heating in the UK
This report examines consumer attitudes about energy efficiency and green heating, exploring barriers to adoption, as well as possible incentives that could be tested and implemented to achieve a zero-carbon Britain.
Something new under the sun
Rental properties are less likely to have solar PV installations than owner-occupied properties, resulting in higher electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions. This paper suggests that government programs that coordinate and change the incentives faced by landlords, renters, property managers and solar installers can help...
Sustainable building initiative
This project involved the completion of building audits of three Council owned and managed buildings to review their performance, and energy use and to identify a range of actions that could be undertaken to reduce Council expenditure on energy (electricity and gas).
Race to the top: the case for a new U.S. international energy policy
This report recommends a new U.S. international energy policy, based on reinvesting in domestic energy competitiveness.
Consumer protection frameworks for new energy products and services and the traditional sale of energy in Australia
The purpose of this report is to step back from the specific detail of current arrangements and focus on foundational questions around the rationales for consumer protection frameworks in the energy sector.
Victorian energy market update: June 2020
The Essential Services Commission regularly collects data on the Victorian energy market. This report considers ordinary data from January to March 2020, and also includes more recent data collected on the impact of the coronavirus on energy consumers.