Energylinx UK Energy Industry News Service
July 26, 2012
Energylinx Joins Energy Bill Revolution
Energylinx entered the fight against fuel poverty this week by joining the Energy Bill Revolution Alliance.
The campaign – launched 27 February 2012 – calls on the government to use its carbon tax revenue in order to deliver warm homes and lower bills for UK citizens. If spent on energy efficiency programmes, research indicates that said carbon tax revenue should provide more than enough funds in order to lift 90% of households out of fuel poverty – not to mention create up to 200,000 jobs and build upon the government's energy initiatives by helping to reduce the amount of carbon emissions being produced by up to for fold.
Above all else, the campaign is designed to raise awareness – both amongst energy customers, as well as politicians – regarding the inexcusable level of fuel poverty within the UK. Indeed, new studies indicate that by 2016, one in three households could be spending over 10% of their annual income on their fuel bills – almost a 40% rise on the number of those already effectively living in fuel poverty.
What's more, the UK boasts some of the most inefficient homes in Europe with regards to energy –meaning that struggling families are bound to be over-paying for their gas and electricity whilst inadvertently polluting their environment. Furthermore, illnesses caused by fuel poverty have been known to cost the National Health Service (NHS) nearly £1 billion annually, and kills an average of 7,800 individuals every year.
It is for these reasons that the government must act in order to prevent such an embarrassing health issue. At present, the UK government taxes businesses for their carbon emissions based upon the European Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Floor Price. In turn, these profits are currently used in order to wean UK homes off of fossil fuels. While the latter is undeniably commendable, the Energy Bill Revolution asserts that these funds could better serve the UK by investing them towards reducing fuel poverty by making homes and their utilities more energy efficient. There would be enough funds in carbon tax revenue to treat at least 600,000 fuel poor households every year, providing each of them with a grant worth on average £6,500 to install energy efficiency measures – which could also reduce each home's energy bills by £310 per year. What's more, this practice would not only nearly eradicate fuel poverty, but would also help work towards the government's carbon-neutral goals and benefit the economy by creating new jobs.
The alliance, composed of dozens upon dozens of charities, health and disability groups, environment groups, consumer groups, trade unions, businesses, politicians and public figures is gaining more ground every day, and Energylinx stands firmly in line with the proposals of said campaign.
If you would like to join the Energy Bill Revolution, voice your support by signing their online petition today.
You can also make an immediate impact upon your energy bills by calling 0800 849 7077, or using our 100% free and impartial energy comparison tool online.
Posted by energylinx at July 26, 2012 4:45 PM Technorati: Energy Prices