Warmer Communities > Articles > What is fuel poverty? You may be surprised

Fuel poverty might sound like such a serious term, but suffering from it is a lot more common than you may think. Fuel poverty in the UK is defined as having to spend roughly 10% of your household income to heat your home to a satisfactory standard or if you have required fuel costs that are above average and were you to spend that amount, you would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line.

4.5 millions people are facing the struggle of fuel poverty because:

  • The cost of energy keeps increasing, which means we need to spend more of our income on paying these bills
  • Many of us live in draughty homes, from which lots of heat escapes and rely on heating systems that are old and inefficient. As we do not have much money to spare, it is difficult to make our homes more energy efficient, which would reduce our bills
  • The general cost of living is rising and this is also putting pressure on our finances so we have less money to go around

Even if you are not sure if you are suffering from “fuel poverty” other factors like your income, the people in your house and other circumstances may mean you are still eligible to receive funding for heating and energy measures.

The best way to be sure is to enquire on our website or call us on 01228 812 867 Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00 or you can email us