Fuel poverty is considered to affect any home where more than ten per cent of the household income is used to pay for fuel to heat the home.
Not being able to heat your home properly can affect your health and wellbeing, as living in a cold environment can have detrimental effects on both physical and mental health.
See the winter health page for information on how to keep warm and stay healthy in winter.
It is recommended that a minimum temperature of 21°C in the living room and 18°C in other rooms is an adequate level of warmth in the home.
Preventing fuel poverty
Fuel poverty can be prevented by:
- Setting your heating to the right temperature (18-21°C or 65-70°F) so you can keep your home warm and your bills as low as possible;
- Taking steps to improve the insulation in your home and fit draught-proofing; and
- Getting financial support. There are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make homes more energy efficient, improve heating or help with bills. Some examples are the cold weather payment, warm home discount scheme and winter fuel payment. It's worthwhile claiming all the benefits you are entitled to before the winter sets in - see the GOV.UK - heating and housing benefits page for more information. You can also access local information from the Yorkshire Energy Partnership.