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Fuel poverty

What is fuel poverty and where can you get help

Fuel poverty is when a household cannot afford to heat their home to a comfortable level. This can be because of low income, poor insulation and the cost of energy.

Households most at risk are single-person households, the elderly and where a member of the family has a disability or a long-term illness. With the energy crisis and the changes to the energy price cap, more and more households are finding it hard to deal with their energy bills.

Are you struggling to afford to heat your home and looking for advice? The North Lanarkshire Energy Advice Service can help you with reducing your fuel bills, assistance with debt and refer you for more support.

Home Energy Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the Energy Saving Trust. It aims to help people in Scotland create warmer homes, reduce their bills and help tackle climate change. It offers free impartial advice covering everything from simple energy-saving tips in the home to transport and active travel advice.

For advice on switching supplier, please visit the Ofgem website for advice on switching.

Our Tackling Poverty Team can also offer practical help and advice to households experiencing fuel poverty.

You can reduce your fuel bills by making your home as energy efficient as possible. For more information or extra help available in the winter months see our winter services pages.

Page last updated:
12 Dec 2023

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