Millions of people in Britain are struggling to heat and power their homes. On average 25,000 people die of the cold each year. At least a third of these deaths are caused by living in cold homes. This means that, every year, four times more people die from living in cold homes than die on British roads. Cold homes cost the NHS £1.3bn every year (Energy Bill Revolution). Around 8% of households in Greenwich and Lewisham are currently suffering from the effects of high bills and hard-to-heat dwellings.
The UK’s homes are some of the least energy efficient in Europe – leaking heat from their doors, walls and windows. Moreover many people are not used to the newer “consumer” landscape and having to shops around for a new deal for all household expenditures, especially energy.
SELCE is committed to tackling fuel poverty head on. We will use any financial surplus from our renewable generation work to fund support for those who are most vulnerable. We will also add to these funds from grant-based funding.
SELCE’s initial work on fuel poverty has given us a much better understanding of the issues affecting people in SE London. We will continue to build on this knowledge and seek further funding to develop our core activities in this area.
At the moment there are no current programs. Please get in touch if you would like to help SELCE tackle fuel poverty in the future.