Cold Homes Week 2015

Calling for an end to fuel poverty

27 January 2015

Cold Homes Week begins next week (2 – 6 February) during which the Energy Bill Revolution (EBR) is highlighting the need for a large scale home energy efficiency programme to tackle fuel poverty.

"Addressing fuel poverty is one of CSE’s core objectives, and a feature of many of our projects. We part of the EBR, an alliance of organisations and individuals campaigning for warm homes and lower bills." – Ian Preston, Head of Household Energy Services at CSE.

A persistently cold home causes misery, ill-health and social exclusion. On average 25,000 people die of the cold each year, and at least a third of these deaths are due to living in cold homes – often as a result of poor insulation standards and inefficient heating in their homes. The EBR is calling for:

  • Home energy efficiency to be made a UK national infrastructure priority
  • 2 million UK low income homes given grants to make their homes highly energy efficient (EPC Band C) by 2020, with all 6 million homes brought up to this standard by 2025
  • Carbon tax revenue used to provide long term funding for the programme
  • 0% loans for energy efficiency measures for the able-to-pay

This programme would create the world’s most ambitious home energy efficiency programme, slashing energy bills and carbon emissions, creating over 100,000 jobs and helping end the fuel poverty crisis once and for all.

For advice on how to make your home warmer see our energy advice site (contact details here), or take a look at our Facebook page.

You can read more about our work on fuel poverty here.

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