Utility Saving Expert
Fighting Fuel Poverty
Our fuel poverty promise
Empowering you to compare and switch to cheaper energy deals is at the very core of our business.
Created to help consumers find better value for money and to tackle fuel poverty, UtilitySavingExpert.com is the UK’s leading socially responsible comparison site.
We donate 10% of our net profits to charities fighting fuel poverty in the UK and we are passionate about doing good to create real change.
We promise to continue
- Providing our customer with access to the cheapest home and business energy deals.
- Sharing helpful tips about how to improve energy efficiency in your home.
- Supporting customer with advice about managing money and debt.
- Contributing a percentage of our profits to charity.
Charities we support:
National Energy Action
There are 4 million homes in the UK living in fuel poverty, unable to afford to keep their homes warm and dry. National Energy Action (NEA) is a national charity working to end fuel poverty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Launched in 1981, NEA collaborates with governments, housing providers, fuel utilities, consumers and volunteers to bring real social change.
Energy Action Scotland
Set up as a charity in 1983, Energy Action Scotland (EAS) campaigns for an end to fuel poverty in Scotland and identifies solutions to transform cold, damp houses into warm, dry homes. From undertaking research and pilot projects for tackling fuel poverty to briefing politicians and government officials, EAS influences both policy and practice.
Defining Fuel Poverty
In England, households are considered to be fuel poor if they are faced with above average fuel costs that threaten to bring them below the official poverty line.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland define households needing to spend more than 10% of income on energy as fuel poor.
These are three elements that contribute to fuel poverty:
The amount of money a household brings in is an important factor. Not every home will have a surplus of money, and the reality is that many households in the UK are faced with difficult decisions about how to spend their pay checks each month. If a household cannot bring in enough money to pay to heat and power their home sufficiently, they may be considered fuel poor.
If your home is well insulated and heats up easily and efficiently, it is cheaper to make it warm and comfortable, which is why energy efficiency is one of the elements that contributes to fuel poverty. Even if you have a relatively good deal on your energy tariff and would ordinarily bring in enough income to pay those bills, you can still fall into fuel poverty if the energy efficiency of your home is poor. You can think of it as your home leaking energy.
As you might expect, the cost of fuel to heat and power your home is a contributing factor to fuel poverty. Some customers are overcharged for energy and don’t realise that they are on expensive tariffs. They could be charged far more than they should be. This is unfair for any customer, but can be especially challenging for lower income homes, or inefficient buildings that require a lot of energy for its inhabitants to feel the benefits.
Factors that can cause fuel poverty to rise
Fuel poverty is at crisis level and now affects 4.5 million UK households.
National Energy Action (NEA)
Consequences of living in fuel poverty
How you can help
You can help fight fuel poverty by choosing to use UtilitySavingExpert.com to compare and switch energy providers and insurance deals.
It’s completely free for you to use our comparison site, but we donate 10% of the profits we make in commission from energy and insurance firms to charity.
This doesn’t affect what you pay for insurance, so by comparing with Utility Saving Expert, you can contribute to charity without spending a penny.