This project explores the relationship between ‘energy using practices’ and ‘energy services’, to build conceptual bridges between the two and develop a better understanding of the quantitative implications of practices.

Practice theory is used to understand habitual actions, but research is largely qualitative. The concept of energy services tends to be better understood by practitioners: it is more readily quantifiable, as it refers to functions rather than to the product of actions, meanings and knowledge within socio-technical systems.

We also address the role of energy policy in influencing practices and services through a PhD studentship, and trace changes in practice associated with energy transitions in the 20th and 21st centuries.