Heating controls are potentially a cost-effective way of reducing and managing energy demand in homes. However, their performance is difficult to determine due to occupant behaviour and in some cases they could lead to increased energy consumption.
The research undertakes a systematic scoping review to identify and assess the quality of the UK evidence on central timers, room thermostats, programmable thermostats, thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs), time proportional integral (TPI) controls, weather compensators, automation and optimisation. Evidence is synthesised for evidence of cost-effectiveness, energy savings and usability.
This report was undertaken by a team at Loughborough University and commissioned by the former Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).