Better Homes Yorkshire supports Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

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Today marks Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of those living in fuel poverty and helps support those suffering from fuel poverty.

According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, 2.40 million households are living in fuel poverty -  but what is fuel poverty and how do you know you’re suffering from it?

What is fuel poverty?

A household is usually defined as being fuel poor if the occupants would need to spend more than 10% of their income on fuel costs to achieve an adequate level of warmth, while households would be considered to be in severe fuel poverty if they needed to spend more than 20% of their income.

How do I know if I’m suffering from fuel poverty?

Individuals will rarely identify themselves as suffering from fuel poverty. Instead they will often highlight a range of problems that could be signs of fuel poverty. Common complaints are:

  • I can’t afford to heat my home
  • My house is cold
  • My house is damp
  • I’m always ill

For those councils where Better Homes Yorkshire is a partner, there are options available to help those suffering from fuel poverty. From insulation solutions to full central heating, contact us today to see how we can help.

For more information about the improvements we can make to your home click here.

Contact the Better Homes Yorkshire team on 0800 597 1500.

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council Calderdale Council Craven District Council Harrogate Borough Council Kirklees Council
Leeds City Council Selby District Council Wakefield Council City of York Council

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