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‘Heat and warmth must not be considered a luxury’ insists HHIC

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day - 26 February 2016

Heat and warmth must not be considered a luxury' insists Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, HHIC, Director Stewart Clements; speaking out to mark Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on the 26th February.

He continued,

The Committee on Climate Change's Fifth Carbon Budget outlined that fuel poverty has risen to 4.5 million households (2013) from 3.3 million (2007) and suggested that even with fully funded targeted action it will take 15 years to return to the position we were in eight years ago.

Currently households often waste a huge amount of energy and money trying to heat and power their inefficient homes. If we just replaced the 9 million inefficient boilers in UK homes and installed proper heating controls then household energy bills could be drastically reduced. Cutting this energy waste and achieving higher levels of energy efficiency not only prevent fuel poverty, but would help tackle climate change by cutting carbon emissions.

A further benefit of installing energy efficiency measures would be the reduction in the costs to the NHS on repeatedly treating individuals affected by living in the cold.

Isn't it finally time that heat and warmth are available to all.'

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