The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy shared figures this week that suggests that the share of fuel-poor households in England are expected to fall from 2019’s 12.4% to 12.5% later this year, leaving nearly three million households to face fuel poverty in the country of England.
The UK government is doing its best to reduce the number of households living in fuel poverty. By 2021, only 12.5% people will live in a property with an energy efficiency rating band between D and G – down from 13.4%. The reduction has been partially credited for progress made installing more efficient measures that keep household bills low before these figures were announced last week by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
In addition to providing clean air benefits such as increased life expectancy rates and reduced health problems associated with cold homes or wintery conditions, they also provide financial security through saving on heating costs which can add up significantly over time.
Fuel poverty is a national issue, and its effects are felt in all households across the country. In recent decades though, progress has been made to install energy efficiency measures that serve as an effective means of combating fuel poverty at very little cost for families living on low incomes. One study estimates this year’s proportion of UK residents suffering from fuel poverty will decrease by about 1% due to these new projects being undertaken by governments because they have access to funds aimed specifically towards those residing below the government-set “poverty line”.
The government has set a target that ‘as many fuel poor households as reasonably practicable achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating of band C’ by 2030.
The goal is to make sure all people in need are able to heat their homes and stay comfortable with the most efficient tools available today, so they don’t have any more problems tomorrow.
Attempts to address fuel poverty have been far from successful, with the majority of low-income homes still suffering. Experts warn that 2030 goal will not be met without a significant increase in energy efficiency measures and improvements – which are also needed for environmental protection purposes.
But regardless of these plans, nearly half of low-income households are still living in energy-leaking homes, and campaigners warn that the rate of improvements is well below what’s needed to lift people out of fuel poverty by a target date of 2030.
The new metric for fuel poverty measures how many households would be pushed below the poverty line by housing and energy costs. These are people who live in low-energy efficiency properties, which means they have cold homes with dim lights that make it hard to do anything at night; The latest figures suggest that 180,000 households are being brought out of fuel poverty between 2019 and 2021. That’s around 90,000 a year due to improvements in energy efficiency which lifts properties up from below band C all the way into Band D by 2020.
The new target aims to ensure that “as many fuel-poor households as reasonably practicable” achieve a minimum efficiency rating of Band C by 2030, with interim goals of Band E by 2020 and Band D in 2025. Recent figures suggest 180,000 families will be brought out from their hardship through improvements on energy efficiency within the next three years; around 90,000 each year bring them up to at least an Efficiency Rating band C.