No More Cold Homes, a campaign aiming to combat fuel poverty in Britain, offered people the chance to question key politicians at an open meeting.
Jonathan Reynolds MP, shadow secretary for energy and climate change, faced questions on landlords who had no incentive to make homes more energy efficient, meaning tenants faced a choice between eating and heating.
Mr Reynolds, MP for Hyde and Stalybridge, promoted equal focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy in government policy.
He said: “There is huge concern about energy bills and the case for using less energy is vital.
“Behaviour is crucial, we have to show people to make them aware and change, to make them aware of different consumption levels in their home.
“But the way to tackle fuel poverty is about prevention as well as helping people in trouble right now.”
Joining Mr Reynolds on the panel was Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies, Energy Bill Revolution’s Ed Matthews and Jennifer Gregory from charity Age Concern.
The conference was organised by the Energy Bill Revolution group.