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OFTEC joins campaign to end fuel poverty

OFTEC has joined a growing number of charities, businesses, MPs and organisations to pledge its support for the Energy Bill Revolution (EBR) and help the millions of people in the UK currently living in fuel poverty.

Recent figures highlight around 24,000 people died from the cold in Britain last year which is proportionately much higher than other countries with harsher, longer winters.

The high death toll has been attributed to rising fuel costs and that UK properties are some of the most energy inefficient in Europe so cost much more than they should to heat.

The EBR has been set up to campaign for the money the Government receives in carbon taxes to be used to help make homes super-energy efficient.

This would include installing measures such as extra insulation and modern boilers to drive down energy bills and make heating homes affordable for all.

The EBR also calls for funding to help those on low incomes to pay for these measures.

OFTEC director general Jeremy Hawksley says: “We are putting our full weight behind the Energy Bill Revolution which exactly aligns with the work OFTEC has been doing to promote energy efficiency in the home.

“A large majority of the UK’s oil heated homes are older properties which do not typically have the high insulation levels of newer houses.

“Age UK figures also show that a significant proportion of older people, who are more vulnerable to the cold, live in the countryside which is where the majority of oil heated homes are located.

“These are the very people EBR is trying to help to have warm homes, lower fuel bills and a better quality of life.”

OFTEC is also calling for the Government to introduce a simple boiler scrappage scheme, similar to the one running successfully in Northern Ireland where over 5,000 oil boilers have already been installed, to ensure people can afford to take steps towards greater energy efficiency and lower fuel bills.

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