About fuel poverty

Fuel poverty – the cold facts

Fuel Poverty
• 4.5 million – the number of fuel poor homes in the UK
• 2.3 million – the number of fuel poor homes in England
• 96% – the percentage of fuel poor homes that are poorly insulated
• 21 million – the number homes in the UK with poor energy efficiency (below Band C on an EPC – Energy Performance Certificate)

Insulation and Energy Efficiency
• 4.5 million – the number of households that received energy efficiency improvements during the last Parliament (2010-2015)
• 1 million – the number of households that will receive energy efficiency improvements under Conservative Government plans for this Parliament (2015-2020)
• 78% – The reduction in the number of households that will receive energy efficiency improvements over the next 5 years if only 1 million households are helped
• 270 – The number of years it would take to make all UK homes energy efficient (EPC Band C) if Government only insulates 1 million homes over the next 5 years with 1 measure each and trend continues.
• 35 – The number of years we have left to de-carbonise UK homes to help avoid dangerous climate change.
Government Commitments
• 13 – The number of years the Government have pledged to take in their Fuel Poverty Strategy to make all fuel poor homes energy efficient (EPC Band C)
• 94 – The number of years it will take to make all fuel poor homes energy efficient (EPC Band C) if no new funding is provided

Efficiency Improvements
• 1 – The average number of energy efficiency improvements installed per home under the Government’s flagship programme, the Energy Company Obligation
• 3 – The average number of additional energy efficiency improvements (eg new boiler, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation top up) needed to make a fuel poor home energy efficient (EPC Band C)

Cost Gap
• £371 – How much extra fuel poor household needs to pay to stay warm compared to an average UK household
• £1,345 – How much more a fuel poor household living in an EPC G rated home needs to pay to stay warm compared to an average UK household

Cold Man of Europe
• 14 / 16 – The UK’s ranking on fuel poverty in Western Europe
• 16 / 16 – The UK’s ranking in Western Europe for the proportion of people who cannot afford to adequately heat their home

Infrastructure
• £100 billion – The amount of public funds the chancellor will allocate to infrastructure projects over the next 5 years
• £0 – The amount of infrastructure funds so far allocated to fix the UK energy inefficient housing stock
• £8.7 billion – the economic return from insulating the UK housing stock. This is comparable to the return from other infrastructure projects like roads and railways
• 26% – The reduction in gas imports that could be achieved if all homes were made energy efficient (at least Band C)

Winter Deaths
• 24,940 – The average number of Excess Winter Deaths each year in England and Wales
• 27,405 – The average number of Excess Winter Deaths each year in the UK. More die from cold homes than alcohol, Parkinson’s or traffic accidents.