6.4 million households are currently in fuel poverty, that’s 1 in 4 UK homes and the research suggests that this figure will dramatically increase to 1 in 3 by 2016.
Fuel poverty is a serious problem which the UK government have committed to abolish in England and Wales by 2016. It only takes a household to spend more than 10% of its income on fuel to be considered fuel poor.
With rising energy costs and cold homes without adequate insulation Swansea based energy firm Nationwide Energy Services are very familiar with the amount of homes requiring energy efficient upgrades and the difficulties faced by consumers in sourcing the upfront costs to pay for these measures.
Over the next 15 years, the report projects that the government will collect around £4 billion per year in carbon taxes. If this money was used on UK home efficiency measures the research suggests that not only would there be quadruple savings on current carbon emission targets and a wealth of new jobs created but 9 out of 10 homes will be brought out of fuel poverty.
Director of Transform UK, the not-for-profit organisation co-ordinating the campaign, Ed Matthew, said: “More people die every year in the UK from living in a cold home than die on our roads. Millions more struggle to make ends meet in the face of high energy bills. This is nothing short of a national scandal. The time for excuses and sticking plaster solutions is over. Recycling carbon tax revenue to make homes super energy efficient is a fair and permanent financial solution to end the suffering.”
The campaign has already gathered incredible support from over 50 leading charities, environmental groups, consumer groups, unions and prominent businesses.
Nationwide Energy Service urge everyone that is in support of this campaign to visit www.energybillrevolution.org and sign the petition to drive down the cost of energy bills and join the fight against fuel poverty.
Notes for editor:
• Nationwide Energy Services was established in 2005 in Swansea, South Wales and is part of the Save Britain Money Group of companies employing over 500 people.
• Nationwide Energy Services Ltd is dedicated to helping home-owners and businesses claim the government grants available to make energy efficient upgrades to their properties. We aim to educate our customers about the benefits of green, renewable energy, help them to reduce their carbon footprint and in turn save money.
• Transform UK is an alliance campaign programme hosted by E3G, the sustainable development organisation. Transform UK is coordinating the campaign on behalf of the Energy Bill Revolution alliance.
• The charities, consumer groups, unions and businesses already signed up to the Energy Bill Revolution petition include: Asda, IKEA, Kingfisher, Kingspan, Nationwide Energy Services, Environmental Industries Commission, National Childbirth Trust, Save the Children, National Children’s Bureau, Children England, The Children’s Society, British Youth Council, Child Poverty Action Group, Association for the Conservation of Energy, End Fuel Poverty Coalition, National Energy Action, Energy Action Scotland, Existing Homes Alliance, Save Britain Money, Federation of Private Residents Associations, Islington Council, Private Tenants Rights Group, Consumer Focus, The Green Building Council, The Co-operative Group, USwitch, The Climate Bonds Initiative, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth EWNI, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Green Alliance, WWF, Macmillan Cancer Support, Transform UK, Stop Climate Chaos, Forum for the Future, Client Earth, Sandbag, E3G, 10:10, New Economics Foundation, National Pensioners’ Convention, TUC, GMB, Unite, NUS, Fire Brigade Union, BACM TEAM, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, Depaul UK, The Centre for Sustainable Energy.
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Nationwide Energy Services Ltd is dedicated to helping home-owners and businesses claim the government grants available to make energy efficient upgrades to their properties.