Please back Climate Action Notts' campaign for warm homes - asking our MPs to support:
- urgent support for people paying sky-high energy bills
- an emergency programme to insulate heat-leaking homes
- cheap green renewable energy
Click here to sign the online petition to ask Notts MPs to take action for warm homes.
In 2022, the Warm This Winter campaign brought together anti-poverty and environmental organisations across the UK to campaign for practical measures that will help people with fuel costs now and ensure lower energy bills in the future - asking for:
- Emergency support now
- Help to upgrade homes
- Cheap renewable energy
- Freedom from volatile oil and gas
Click here to support the Warm This Winter campaign
Around a third of our community are at risk of living in fuel poverty this winter.
The physical and mental health impacts of living in a cold home must not be understated. 21% of excess winter deaths are directly attributable to living in cold homes, whilst there are significant links to cardiovascular, respiratory and mental health problems.
As part of the Warm This Winter campaign we are calling for a rapid programme of free basic energy saving measures which should be council-led, delivered street-by-street and funded by the government. They should include loft and cavity wall insulation, draught-proofing, thermostatic radiator valves, smart heating controls and energy audits - targeting those neighbourhoods most in need first.
Half a million jobs
It has been estimated that a programme to retrofit all UK homes by 2030 could create upto half a milion high quality green jobs (see New Economics Great Homes Upgrade campaign).
Friends of the Earth research has identified 8,927 "energy crisis hotspots" in England and Wales - the neighbourhoods with lower than average income but higher than average energy use. These are areas which will most benefit from free street-by-street retrofits. Some of the data for local areas is summarised in the following table:
|% households in fuel poverty 2022
|% of energy crisis hotspots
|No of homes needing cavity wall insulation
|No of homes needing loft insulation
Suggested letter to send to local MPs
As a resident in your constituency, I am writing to express my deep concern at the cost-of-living crisis which is leaving up to a third of our community being at risk of living in fuel poverty this winter.
Young people, people from ethnic minorities and disabled people are already disproportionately affected by fuel poverty, and with the soaring gas prices this is expected to increase. The physical and mental health impacts of living in a cold home must not be understated. 21% of Excess Winter Deaths are directly attributable to living in cold homes, whilst there are significant links to cardiovascular, respiratory, and mental health problems.
The energy market has failed us and will continue to fail a vast number of families this winter without intervention.
Please support the Warm This Winter Coalition (warmthiswinter.org.uk) which, as well as calling for emergency support, has the following demands:
A home upgrades programme for the UK could sustain upto half a million jobs.
And advice on energy security from the National Infrastructure Commission and Climate Change Committee recommends "Develop credible policies for energy efficiency in buildings" (letter to the new PM (Liz Truss) 7/9/22).
As our elected MP, please ask the Chancellor to make the necessary funds available to upgrade the nation's homes.
[You can get contact details for your MP from the Parliament website. Remember to include your name and address.]