The landscape of home energy is rapidly evolving. New technology is being implemented and existing technology is being improved. As we look ahead, several transformative trends promise to reshape how we think about and use energy in our homes. Here’s what we think the next decade might bring.
Advanced Smart Home Integration
The integration of smart technology into homes has already begun, but the next decade will see this taken to new heights. Homes will not only be connected but will also harness advanced algorithms to optimise energy use based on individual habits and preferences. The latest OFCOM Connected Nations report shows how rapidly full fibre and 5G broadband is being rolled out across the UK. These services provide the backbone for smart home capabilities.
Dominance of Renewable Energy
The transition to renewable energy sources is accelerating. Solar and wind energy, in particular, are set to become even more prevalent. As technology becomes more efficient and affordable, a greater number of households will adopt these sustainable energy solutions. In June 2023, the UK Government published its quarterly report on energy trends. The grid delivered a record share of renewable source electricity at 47.8%. Homeowners generating their own electricity is on the rise too according to MCS. They’re seeing around a 10% year on year increase in Solar PV installations.
Evolution of Battery Storage Systems
With the rise of renewable energy comes the challenge of intermittency. Advanced battery storage solutions will become integral, allowing homeowners to store surplus energy and ensuring a consistent and reliable power supply. Although not taken in to account by an EPC assessor (yet), storage enhances your power generating setup. Take a look at the FES 2020 report from the National Grid. They discuss how by 2050, electric car batteries could be used to power the grid at peak times.
Prioritising Energy Efficiency
Energy efficient design and construction will become standard. From high-performance insulation to innovative architectural designs, homes will be built to conserve energy, reduce waste, and minimise environmental impact. The Government’s Energy Consumption 2022 report highlights the increasing use of energy across most sectors in the UK. The need to use energy strategically is not only an environmental issue.
As the push to reduce carbon emissions intensifies, there will be a marked shift towards electrifying home systems and appliances. This move will further underscore the importance of a resilient and sustainable electrical grid. The carbon trust are carrying out an analysis of the cost of achieving net zero by 2050 and they found that by using electric for power, heat and transport, the cost will be reduced by £16.7bn a year!
Growth of Community Energy Initiatives
Community driven energy projects will gain traction. These collaborative efforts, whether through shared solar installations or local microgrids, will offer a collective approach to sustainable energy generation and consumption. Community Energy England published a report in 2022, State of the Sector, which details the progress made in community energy initiatives.
Tools for Monitoring Carbon Impact
With heightened awareness of environmental responsibility, tools and platforms that allow homeowners to track and manage their carbon footprint will become essential. These tools will provide actionable insights, empowering individuals to make informed energy choices. Tools such as the Carbon Footprinting software from the Carbon Trust already enable businesses to measure and reduce their impact on the environment.
The future of home energy is poised for significant change. Driven by technological advancements, environmental imperatives, and evolving consumer preferences, the next decade promises a more sustainable, efficient, and interconnected energy landscape. As homeowners and industry professionals, staying informed and proactive will be key to navigating and benefiting from these shifts.