Did you know that the 15th February 2019 is National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day? Fuel Poverty can be defined in England using the low income, high cost indicator (LIHC).
Under the LIHC indicator, a household is fuel poor if:
- They have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level)
- Were they to spend that amount, they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line
There are three important elements in determining whether a household is fuel poor:
- Household income
- Household energy requirements
- Fuel prices
Unfortunately, fuel poverty is widespread across the UK, with at least 4 million households classified as fuel poor – 11.1% households within England.
The inability to adequately heat homes contributed to an estimated 50,100 excess winter deaths from 2017 – 2018, the 2nd highest amount in Europe. This places significant pressure on the NHS, with National Energy Action (the nation’s fuel poverty charity) stating that it costs every local health trust in England more than £27,000 per day, or £10 million per year on treating patients with health conditions caused or worsened by living in cold, damp housing. Nationally, cold homes cost the NHS £3.6m per day.
To address this ever-growing challenge, the charity PECT is running a free energy advice service for people in Fenland and South Kesteven called ‘Warm Homes’. Residents in these districts can request a FREE home energy advice visit from an impartial advisor. The advisor will inform householders on how best to use energy in the home to reduce bills, compare tariffs and suppliers, help access information on the national £140 Warm Home Discount and Priority Service Register, and search for available grants for cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, replacement boilers and more!
Our Warm Homes Project Officer Emma explains why this project is so important: “It is essential to address the Fuel Poverty crisis. Huge numbers of homeowners are unable to adequately heat their homes, and this has significant health implications and places enormous pressure on the NHS. Our project ultimately seeks to tackle this growing issue by providing householders with a free helping hand to make their homes more energy efficient and to help save money on their energy bills.”
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this service soon, before the project is due to finish in April 2019. To book your FREE energy advice home visit, call 01733 866440 or email [email protected].