24 Feb 2009 05:02:05
Energy efficiency the key to fuel poverty challenge
Failure by the UK government to place energy efficiency at the centre of its plans to tackle fuel poverty has had a negative impact, according to Consumer Focus.
Jonathon Stearn, a campaigner for the organisation, has suggested that energy efficiency has been overlooked by the government as a result of changing prices.
"We think that one of the main reasons they [government] haven't been able to achieve their thresholds is because they haven't put energy efficiency as the central element of any target," he said.
"Energy efficiency only accounts for about one per cent of downward pressure on fuel poverty and that's why we think it's essential for energy efficiency to be seen as the key way to tackle fuel poverty and stop people having to make that harsh choice between food and fuel."
Mr Stearn added that fitting homes with energy efficient measures can "reduce energy costs by 70 per cent thereby severing the dependence on energy companies".
Liberal Democrat MP David Heath announced last month that he plans to put forward a parliamentary bill designed to end fuel poverty by making homes energy efficient and introducing social tariffs to insulate low-income households from energy price rises.http://www.davidheath.co.uk/january.html