National Energy Action’s Warm Homes Campaign
Across the UK this winter millions of people will be facing the reality that heating their home could mean sacrificing other necessities such as food.
In my constituency of Easington, 13% of households are in fuel poverty – compared to a national average of 11%.
We are facing a crisis of stagnant incomes, rising inflation, limited welfare and sky-high energy bills – with the added threat of the Universal Credit rollout.
Fuel poor households are typically on worse value for money energy tariffs, while lower income households often spend an excess of up to £300 on energy bills due to being on poor value tariffs. This means that fuel poor households are usually getting less energy for every pound they spend, when compared to other households.
Households on prepayment meters are locked out from accessing the cheapest tariffs and are being disproportionately ripped off.
With energy prices rising much faster than earnings, more and more people in Easington are at risk of fuel poverty.
A smart meter can help households at risk of fuel poverty make the most of their energy and monitor their energy spending.
Every household across the United Kingdom is eligible for a smart meter from their energy supplier at no additional cost.
National Energy Action have put forward five handy tips to help keep warm this winter.
- Get advice about energy efficiency improvements – for some homes, simple measures such as blocking drafts may make a huge difference. Other homes may require more substantial help and advice to make them more energy efficient.
- Switch supplier – switching energy supplier could save hundreds of pounds a year if your constituents are not already on the best deal for their energy.
- Maximising income – ensuring that you are claiming the correct benefits can make sure you are receiving the assistance you need.
- Get a smart meter – smart meters put an end to estimating your energy bills and show in real-time how much you are spending.
- Contact your energy supplier – energy suppliers can check eligibility for the Warm Home Discount rebate and Priority Services Register which provide additional help.