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Households urged to look out for neighbours over festive season

Thursday, December 24, 2020 by OFTEC

Households across the UK are being reminded to regularly check up on vulnerable relatives, neighbours and friends this winter to ensure they are keeping warm and well.

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UK housing must be improved to prevent deaths and accelerate emissions reduction

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 by OFTEC

An almost 20% rise in excess deaths last winter, excluding those from Covid-19, is a stark reminder of the urgent need to improve the UK’s poorly insulated homes so they are warmer and fit for a net zero future.

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Time for open debate on off grid heat decarbonisation, says OFTEC

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 by OFTEC

Any consultation arising from the Government’s long anticipated Heat in Buildings strategy must allow a genuine discussion on all the options to decarbonise rural homes, otherwise thousands of households could suffer severe financial consequences, warns OFTEC.

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OFTEC comments on CCC’s Sixth Carbon Budget report

Thursday, December 10, 2020 by OFTEC

Malcolm Farrow, Head of Public Affairs at OFTEC, comments: “OFTEC welcomes the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) Sixth Carbon Budget report which clearly sets out the scale of the UK’s challenge to reach net zero, particularly in heating.

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Support for vulnerable households to keep warm and well this winter

Friday, November 27, 2020 by OFTEC

As the weather begins to turn colder, a campaign has launched to raise awareness of the support available to vulnerable households who might be worrying about paying their heating bills this winter.

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Concern over fuel poor Irish households facing harsh winter

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 by OFTEC Ireland

Across Ireland, 28% of the population are currently living in fuel poverty, according to a cross-party report on climate change. With an increasing number of people earning less and spending additional time at home, those already facing financial hardships due to the pandemic could find themselves struggling to heat their homes this winter. 

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OFTEC calls for urgent rethink on heat policy proposals to avoid rural fuel poverty escalating further

Monday, November 23, 2020 by OFTEC

Many more rural households will be forced into fuel poverty unless government puts affordability at the heart of its low carbon plans, warns OFTEC ahead of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (27 November). With UK unemployment rising steeply as a result of the pandemic, emergency borrowing by low and middle income families struggling to meet essential bills has soared by 66% since May1.

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Boris Johnson's green heat plans will cost rural households 'billions'

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 by OFTEC

Rural households are set to pay a high price to upgrade to green heating systems under a new ten point environmental plan unveiled today by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

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Be Alarmed! Households ignoring carbon monoxide poisoning dangers

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 by OFTEC

Households must do more to protect themselves against the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning following reports that many are not taking the potential dangers seriously enough, an industry body has warned.

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Top tips on how homeworkers can stay productive and save money on heating this winter

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 by OFTEC

As a new survey reveals that 60% of UK adults are now working from home, households are being urged to think about their heating systems to avoid expensive bills during the winter months.

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