It’s official, the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEIS) released their newest report on reaching Net Zero – and it’s taking Fuel Poverty seriously, highlighting that Warmer Communities work in delivering energy efficient measures to low-income households has become more important than ever.
In the face of drastic Climate Change, or as some say, Climate Crisis, the Government have heeded advice from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and implemented their strategy to reach Net Zero: The goal to reach 0 carbon emissions in the UK by 2050.
National Energy Action, are a national charity working to end fuel poverty across the UK. Director of Policy and Research, Brian Hart comments that this report is a ‘Long awaited consultation to update the Fuel Poverty strategy for England.” and is important to “improve energy efficiency for households in fuel poverty and meet the wider aims of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy and aim to reach net zero emissions by 2050.”
“Energy efficiency is key to alleviating fuel poverty…” – BEIS, 2019
Increasing Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) from Band C to 2030 is already a Government target made possible through the work of Warmer Communities.
Warmer Communities demolishing Fuel Poverty
The report disappointingly highlights an increase in fuel poverty – from 210, 000 in England in 2014/15 to a staggering 2.55 million today. Fuel poverty arises when a household is paying excessive energy bills which eat into a low income.
By accessing funding essential to energy upgrades in domestic properties, Warmer Communities have already improved energy efficiency and money savings for residents in Carlisle and District through measures such as External Wall Insulation, First Time Central Heating and Mains gas connections.
Funding already secured, thanks to our work with award-winning Carlisle City Council Home Improvement Agency, Homelife includes Energy Company Obligation (ECO3) and further grants can be accessed such as The National Grid Warm Homes Fund, administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions. By working together, we have the ability to deliver even more energy saving measures to low-income households thanks to the extension to qualifying criteria.
Claim your Grant Funding and enjoy #TheGreatIndoors
There are many ways to qualify for energy saving upgrades such as insulation and heating – and when Cavity Wall Insulation alone can save up to £255 per year, there’s nothing to lose.
Find out about funding available to you: Fill in this simple application form, call 01228 812 867 or text WARM to 60777