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Avoiding Fuel Poverty: A Serious Guide

Avoiding Fuel Poverty: A Serious Guide

OK, so this one is not satirical!

Fuel poverty is a big problem in the UKUSA, India, China, and many other countries.

But I’ve actually found a way to balance saving money on heating, with avoiding getting unwell from the cold! Has anybody else found this helpful? Obviously it may not work for everyone. Context is key!

1. Switch the heating off when you’re out of the house.

You may find that switching it on when you get back home is enough.

2. Switch it off when you’re sleeping too.

You might not need it when you’ve got a blanket around you.

3. If you’re both at home and up and about (i.e. not in bed), put it on a low heat, but for quite a long time.

You can decide if you want to even switch it off for a short while; on a case by case basis.

4. Be very careful when airing your room.

Do it for a short time every day; if possible, avoid the early morning or late night.

5. Keep the doors closed.

You’d be surprised at how cold the room gets if you leave the door open to the hall; or worse still, an en-suite bathroom (if you have one!)


These are all intended as constructive suggestions, based on what I myself have found helpful. They are not a substitute for your own critical thinking. Always make sure you have enough heating to keep yourself safe and warm. The ultimate responsibility for this lies with you. I hope everything goes well for you!

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By MenchiOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link


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