The Fuel Poverty Problem
Ian Napier, CCO, Switchee
For asset managers, identifying and preventing fuel poverty is an increasing priority, as the financial and health implications can be serious and costly. Although new-build social housing is now built to meet EPC standards, old housing stock is more likely to suffer from thermal inefficiencies – a pertinent issue during winter, when heating bills are highest.
What’s more, features in smart devices, such as low temperature alerts, allow asset managers to spot households in fuel poverty or at risk to it. Prior to this data becoming available, these households may have gone unnoticed.
With figures suggesting that so many lives are at risk, as well as the billions at stake for the strained NHS, fuel poverty is a problem that needs to be addressed in a concerted, collaborative way by housing providers, tenants and government.
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