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Fuel poverty concerns rural homeowners

2010-10-12 15:52:27

A new report by the Rural Services Network has found that many people living in rural areas are fearful that they will not able to afford to heat their homes this winter.

The report, carried out on behalf of the Commission for Rural Communities, looked at the effects of fuel poverty in areas including Durham, Shropshire and East Riding.

It found the problem was widespread and that income levels and housing conditions exacerbated the problem for most.

A link between fuel poverty and the health of those being questioned was established with cold-related illnesses such as asthma and respiratory disease more common among those concerned about fuel poverty.

Many of the rural people interviewed are not on the gas mains and, therefore, rely on heating oil to heat their homes.

In order to prevent nasty surprises when their oil boiler breaksdown, people should sign up to the Team Energy boiler maintenance scheme, which brings down prices, makes sure boilers are working efficiently and prevents breakdowns.

Signing up to a deal that allows oil users to spread the cost of oil purchasing this winter, through local depotslike Emo Oil and CPL Petroleum, also helps people stay warm over winter.