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About Fuel Poverty

What is Fuel Poverty?

Fuel Poverty is when a household has to spend 10% or more of its income on energy to maintain acceptable levels of warmth

This is considered to be a temperature of 21oC- 23oC in the main living area of a home and 18oC in other areas.

Fuel poverty is influenced by three key factors – the cost of fuel, the income of the household and the energy efficiency of the home.

Policies and programmes designed to tackle fuel poverty aim to help fuel poor households achieve “affordable warmth”, where acceptable levels of heating and normal appliance use cost less than 10% of household income.