Fuel and Energy

Keeping houses warm affordably is a major problem for many people around the country, and especially in rural areas. There are nearly three times as many households in fuel poverty in rural areas and many of these households do not have access to mains gas. Rural properties tend to be older and often stone built, with solids walls and floors. Such properties are difficult to insulate and expensive to heat.

The links below will take you to the latest news and policy developments on this important subject. Meanwhile, a wide range of information on how householders and communities can work to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, keep warm and save money can be found on our Fuel and Energy Resources Page, including our renewable energy guide and a toolkit to help your community set up a fuel-oil buying cooperative.

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Community Resilience training teaches you everything you need to know about emergency planning in your neighbourhood and how to keep your community safe and aware.

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The Committee on Fuel Poverty, a new government advisory group established earlier this year to help reduce fuel poverty, has published its first report. In it the Committee identifies six key outcomes that need to be reached in order to achieve the government's fuel poverty reduction targets, and makes a total of fifteen initial recommendations as to what actions need to be taken over the coming years.

Vulnerable and elderly people across North and East Yorkshire at risk of illness, isolation and death during the coldest months of the year are being helped by Two Ridings Community Foundation with the support of match funds from the British Gas Energy Trust, and older people who don't need their Winter Fuel Allowance are being especially urged to help.

Case Study: Burton in Lonsdale Community Resilience Plan
Project: Craven Winter Weather
March 2015
Rural Action Yorkshire

Knowing what to do when an emergency strikes can be a vital asset for any community, and when your location is rural or isolated, and you are further away from immediate help, having a plan in place can have significant benefits.

GRANTS are available for communities in Craven district and rural Bradford to see through the winter months and alleviate problems that come with living in a rural area.

FREE AND BASIC Internet training is available for those struggling to get to grips with getting online across Yorkshire, as part of a new charity project which wants to reach those who feel excluded from the rapidly-changing digital world.

The Rural Services Network, a coalition of 260 member organisations, has published a comprehensive Manifesto for Rural England, calling on the next Government to take on a programme of action which would address the needs of rural communities across all departments and not leave it to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs alone.

A NEW PROJECT will call on community leaders across parts of rural Yorkshire to take action in the fight against fuel poverty this winter.

Public Health England has published its new Cold Weather Plan for England 2014, with a key change being an reduction in the recommended temperature for home and office heating from 21°C to 18°C. The change has been made following a review of new scientific evidence which shows that heating homes to the lower temperature will have no negative health impacts for most people while saving energy and reducing heating bills.

Big Energy Saving Week – a joint campaign between Energy Saving Trust, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Citizens Advice – reveals 74 per cent of Brits are still worried about their energy bills, but that despite 78% of people saying they fully understand their home heating system, as many as 52% of people continue to believe common myths that just cost money, such as the erroneous belief that it is more efficient to keep heating on constantly rather than turn it on and off when needed.

HEATING OIL users are being urged to purchase their winter supply now in order to get the best deal before prices rise during the cold season. 

The Rural VCS Policy Group(1) highlights shocking figures that a quarter of households in particular areas within Yorkshire are living in fuel poverty.

Two free, practical guides to help rural communities keep warm and cut bills this winter are now available from Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY).

Heating oil users are being urged to save money by stocking up early before winter in a new campaign backed by Rural Action Yorkshire.

Following the passing of the Energy Act 2013, which committed the Government to producing a new strategy to tackle fuel poverty in England, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is seeking views on what the new strategy should look like. The consultation is open until Tuesday 7 October 2014.

LEVELS of fuel poverty are set to rise among older people in the UK, a charity has warned. Age UK has launched a report which coincides with government figures showing fuel poverty levels remain stubbornly high. Rural areas are at particular risk of fuel poverty.

Over the past few months Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) has been developing a Rural Strategy to review the state of rural Yorkshire, highlight potential opportunities and challenges and suggest priority areas for future activity, both for us and for other organisations working in rural Yorkshire. We have been working in partnership with Humber and Wolds RCC to ensure we are able to present issues and ideas that have resonance across the whole of Yorkshire.

Rural Action Yorkshire is backing a plea for five key outcomes from a Commons inquiry into the delivery of the Government’s energy-saving initiatives for homes.

Many communities living in the Harrogate District do not have access to main gas and have to use more expensive types of fuel such as oil to heat their homes. Harrogate Borough Council, concerned about the high cost of fuel for rural villages asked Rural Action Yorkshire to help villages set up community oil buying co-operatives to enable them to co-ordinate deliveries and to use their collective buying power to negotiate a lower price.