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Understanding the behaviours of households in fuel poverty: A review of research evidence

Creator:

Department of Energy and Climate Change (UK)

Subject Keywords: Fuel Poverty
Topic: Fuel Poverty
Fuel Poverty
Type: Report
Region: England
Description:

This evidence review focuses on the behaviours and attitudes of the fuel poor, and those at risk of fuel poverty, around energy use. There were a number of drivers for the review. The first is the continuing importance of dealing with fuel poverty given its impact on households, climate change commitments and economic growth. There is also the recent change in the definition of fuel poverty, which combines information on household income and energy costs to work out whether a household is fuel poor. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, although we know quite a lot about the characteristics of the fuel poor, there is a desire to improve the understanding of the attitudes and behaviour of fuel poor households in order to aid the design of future policies.
This review summarises the existing evidence across four broad areas:
1. Knowledge and perceptions of energy efficiency;
2. Current energy behaviours and concerns;
3. Barriers and facilitators to behaviour change; and
4. Organisational and community engagement.
An important objective of the review was to assess gaps in the current evidence base. This helps to identify where new research, including future primary data collection, may be required.

Date:

21/07/2014

Rights: © Crown copyright 2014
Suggested citation:

Department of Energy and Climate Change (UK). (2014) Understanding the behaviours of households in fuel poverty: A review of research evidence [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/789551 [Accessed: 22nd August 2019].

  

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