Energy-saving smart meters could reduce UK fuel poverty

The government has been advised to step up its plans to rollout energy-saving smart meters in England in order to reduce the number of consumers in fuel poverty.

According to the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group's (FPAG) seventh annual report, more than four million households were in fuel poverty during September 20008, up from 1.2 million in 2004.

However, the non-departmental public body suggested that smart metering for efficient use of electricity is one of the keys to short-term progress on reducing fuel bills.

With the government planning to rollout the new energy-saving programme over the next decade, the FPAG said that it was important to ensure that all the implications of smart meters are fully understood by consumers beforehand.

It also called for a mandate for the government to form an effective Heat and Energy Saving strategy moving forwards in addition to other recommendations designed to eradicate fuel poverty in the future.

The research was published ahead of the government's Renewable Energy Strategy, which is due to be announced later today (July 15th) and has been widely reported to include measures that will lead to an average annual increase of £230 in household fuel bills.ADNFCR-2541-ID-19265701-ADNFCR

Thursday 23rd July 2009

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