New guidance issued to help households lower energy costs

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The data for 2022 showed that across England as a whole, 3.26 million households (13.4 per cent) were classed as ‘fuel poor’

New guidance has been issued to help households in the West Midlands lower their energy costs over the Christmas period ahead of an expected increase in fuel poverty in the New Year. The government’s latest fuel poverty report published earlier this year disclosed an estimated 19.2 per cent of households in the West Midlands are in fuel poverty – defined as a property with an energy efficiency rating of Band D to G with its disposable income below the poverty line.

The data for 2022 showed that across England as a whole, 3.26 million households (13.4 per cent) were classed as ‘fuel poor’. The report states the figure for 2023 is expected to rise further to 3.53 million (14.4 per cent) as households battle increasing energy costs and inflation.

Malcolm Farrow, from OFTEC, said: Whilst it is an exciting time of year for many households as we head in the holiday season, sadly we know that the impact of the current cost of living crisis means many will struggle to heat their homes this Christmas. The latest fuel poverty report is deeply worrying and it is shocking that so little progress has been made in tackling this issue in recent years. That is why, this year more than ever, it is crucial households are aware of the support available to help them keep warm and well.

In response OFTEC, a registration body for off-gas grid heating technicians, has published new advice on how vulnerable households can lower their fuel costs by making full use of the energy payment and saving schemes available.

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