One in five homes face fuel poverty this winterDon't miss out on energy grants, urges charity

17 November 2009

A fuel poverty charity has warned that 20% of UK homes will face fuel poverty this winter.

National Energy Action (NEA) is urging people to take advantage of energy efficiency grants that can help keep homes better heated as part of its Warm Homes campaign.

The charity estimates that the number of UK households in fuel poverty has doubled since 2003 and now stands at 5.12m. Fuel poverty is when a household spends more than 10% of its income on energy bills.

The NEA believes households affected by fuel poverty will be forced to choose between eating healthily or adequately heating their homes, and that 'many people will die simply from their homes being too cold'.

The Queen's Speech on Wednesday is likely to include an energy bill which sets out provisions for helping the most vulnerable customers afford gas and electricity payments.

Energy efficiency grants

One way of lowering your energy bills is by making your home more energy efficient. If you’re considering making energy saving improvements to your home this winter such as installing solid or cavity wall insulation, loft insulation or an energy efficient boiler, it’s worth checking whether an energy grant is available to help cover the cost. 

Our energy grants guide has everything you need to know, including how much money you could be eligible for, and how to apply.

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Which? Switch can help take the hassle out of changing energy supplier. Compare gas and electricity prices and energy tariffs in a few minutes to find the best deal for you. Those switching with Which? Switch between January 1 and October 21 2009 saved an annual average of £263.

We've also got more advice on how to cut your energy costs and creating a more energy efficient home.

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