- Households where the age of the youngest member us 11-15 live in the deepest fuel poverty.
- Around 10,000 more people die across the UK every winter from cold homes.
- Adolescents growing up cold face stigmatisation, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness, which can negatively impact on educational attainment and social mobility.
- UK average annual direct debit energy bill in October 2021:
UK average annual direct debit bill in April 2023:
- What an ‘average’ household energy usage based on? Electricity per year – 2,900 kWh and Gas per year – 12,000 kWh.
- Babies living in colder temperatures require more calories for growth and are more likely to have lower-than-average weight gain and dietary deficiency as young children.
- Carers are often in financially difficult situations due to their reduced earning potential and diminished opportunities for learning and training.
- Children living in fuel poverty have higher rates of asthma, as well as other severe respiratory problems.
- Households where somebody has a disability often need greater levels of warmth to manage their health condition, and spend more of their time at home.
- Homes heated electrically by technologies other than heat pumps often have higher energy costs as the unit price of electricity is so much higher than gas.
- In a typical winter 30% of excess winter deaths in the UK are related to cold homes.
- Lone parent households and households where the age of the youngest member is under 5 are at the highest risk of experiencing fuel poverty.
- If you have a long-term illness or disability, you are 50% more likely to be living in fuel poverty.
- Low energy efficient homes have much higher energy demands, leaving occupants more exposed to high energy prices.
- Low income and financially vulnerable households are the least able to afford high prices, and more likely to ration their energy use.
- Homes that use neither gas nor electricity for heating are particularly exposed to price increases as their heating fuels are not regulated.
- 75% of households in Northern Ireland rely on Home Heating Oil, which is an unregulated fuel.
- 80% of householders in Northern Ireland said they’d rationed using their central heating to help to reduce costs.
- 75% of householders in Northern Ireland said they were stressed, anxious or worried about paying for the cost of energy either at present or in the winter months ahead.
- Parents living in fuel poverty are much more likely to develop depression compared to parents who live in a warm home.
- Up to 45% of all Welsh households are in fuel poverty.
- 98% of lower income households in Wales are in fuel poverty.
If you are struggling with your energy bills go to nea.org.uk/energyhelp for income maximisation tips and energy efficiency advice and support.
SUPPORT FUEL POVERTY AWARENESS DAY ON FRIDAY 2ND DECEMBER.