Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Sue Chalkley comments on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on the challenge in rural areas and the importance of energy efficiency measures.

Today is Fuel Poverty Awareness Day.

It aims to raise awareness that more than one in ten households in England do not have enough money to pay their fuel bills.

Fuel poverty is an even greater challenge in rural areas. 14% of households in rural villages, hamlets and isolated dwellings are in fuel poverty. Many are off the gas grid and rely on expensive heating oil or electric generators to heat their homes.

The fuel poverty gap is £561 in rural areas – far higher than the urban average. Graph from Defra here).


Commenting on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, Sue Chalkley, Hastoe Chief Executive, said:

“Fuel poverty is a massive problem in rural areas and its good Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is highlighting this challenge.”

“Hastoe is passionate about ending fuel poverty and building sustainable homes. That’s why all our homes are built to at least the prestigious AECB Silver Standard in energy efficiency. We are also a pioneer in Passivhaus, which reduce heating and hot water bills to as little as £10 per month. That’s the best way to reduce fuel poverty.”

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