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Blog posts tagged with 'fuel poverty'

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Fuel poverty: An energy advisor's personal story

By Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Cold Homes Week: Why we should support organisations tackling fuel poverty

Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Cold killing: the truth behind the 'green taxes' debate

By Simon Brammer, Ashden UK Programme Manager

Some 31,000 people died from the cold last winter - a rise of 29% from the previous year, the Office of National Statistics revealed today. Fuel poverty is a killer.

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

What we should really be doing about rising energy bills

By Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director

We’re hearing a lot about rising energy bills and whether ‘green taxes’ are to blame. We at Ashden don’t think so.

Green taxes aren’t the real culprit

Let’s get real. As the BBC website has pointed out, only 9% of today’s average household energy bill relates to so-called ‘green’ measures (and this includes some measures which are just for social, not environmental, benefit).

And green measures certainly aren’t the main reason for price rises: they account for just 15% of the price rise over the past six years, whereas increases in wholesale energy costs account for about 60%.

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Friday, 24 May 2013

Ashden finalists show how to tackle fuel poverty


 By Simon Brammer, Ashden UK Programme Manager 

Although winter is, at last, beginning to be a distant memory, this year’s harsh conditions left homes across the UK with high energy bills and chilly homes – with many householders wondering how they were going to pay their bills at the end of the month.

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Legacy of Kirklees Warm Zone should motivate us

Kirklees Council - 2009 Ashden Award winner

The days are getting shorter and despite the un-seasonally mild weather, winter is well on the way. For many people around the UK this is a time of great hardship as they strive to keep warm and save money on their fuel bills. Perhaps this is an apt time to look at the lessons from a ground-breaking region-wide insulation scheme, Kirklees Warm Zone who won an award from us in 2009 and have now completed the project.

The final report assesses the scheme in detail and the lessons learnt over three years of installing free insulation and other energy-efficiency measures in thousands of hard-to-treat homes in Kirklees on a streamlined, ward-by-ward basis.

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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Good energy, better energy, best energy; some thoughts on energy prices

Is renewable energy always going to be more expensive for consumers?  There has been much talk recently of how boosting renewables in the energy mix will demand major investment, pushing up prices of energy for consumers over the coming years. But some recent price rise announcements show a more complex picture.

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