UCL Energy Institute


SERL launch first Statistical Report using energy data from 13,000 homes

18 May 2022

New report using data from the Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL), led from UCL Energy Institute, looks at energy use in domestic buildings of Great Britain in 2021.

Front doors in London street

The report summarises gas and electricity energy use in 2021 for the Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL) Observatory panel, which consists of approximately 13,000 homes that are broadly representative of the population of Great Britain in terms of region and Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) quintile.

The dataset gives daily and half-hourly, as well as monthly, domestic gas and electricity consumption data, allowing a unique insight into how residential energy use in GB varies over time.

This data is accompanied by occupant characteristics (number of occupants, tenure), property characteristics (age, size, form, and Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)), by type of heating system, presence of solar panels and electric vehicles, 20 different weather variables, regions and Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

Intended to be the first in a regular series of reports, analyses and aggregated statistics using SERL Observatory data, this report will be of interest to academics, government, NGOs and industry.

All SERL data is subject to strict data governance in line with the Smart Energy Code (SEC) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The research is funded by the UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The dataset is also available to accredited researchers to use in their research, subject to application to and approval by the SERL Data Governance Board.