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Fuel Poverty: from cold homes to affordable warmth


Fuel poverty, the inability to obtain sufficient energy to keep warm in the home, has now become a problem in the UK. In other countries (especially in the United States and Scandinavia), the infrastructure is based around the assumption that warmth in the home is an essential need, and this has been reflected in policy and design. The author provided an analysis of the problem, its causes and possible solutions. There is a profile of the fuel poor, followed by a section on technical aspects of heating the home. The social dimensions of the need for warmth are followed by an economic assessment of expenditure patterns. The final chapters look at the international comparisons and policy implications, particularly in relation to the privatization of electricity, concern about the environmental pollution, and trends in European legislation.