The Renewable Energy Foundation has published its Energy Policy and Consumer Hardship report, funded by the Scottish Power Energy People Trust.
Analysis within the report covers the impact of government energy policies, rising global energy demand, the need and benefits of energy-saving measures, combined with consumer reluctance to engage and invest.
The result of various factors such as these will be an increase in consumers falling into fuel poverty, says the report.
As an incentive to encourage a positive response, the REF report also includes statistics on the effects that poor quality housing and fuel poverty have on society, including health issues which then require costly treatment.
Further details are available from www.ref.org.uk