Energy poverty in Austria: insights into recent developments.

A new study by Statistics Austria (2021) on energy poverty provides highly relevant insights into the current situation in Austria. 2.4% of all households cannot afford to keep their homes warm. About 94,000 households in Austria cannot afford to keep their home adequately warm. This is according to the study by Statistics Austria based on the 2019 survey…

Energy poverty in Poland – Patrycja Płonka gives insights into the support of energy poor households.

Patrycja Płonka from the Association of Municipalities Polish Network ‘Energie Cités’ (PNEC) gives insights into the prevailing situation in Poland and reveals how to support people affected by energy poverty in the midst of the pandemic. What is the situation concerning energy poverty in Poland? In Poland about 12% of the population is considered to…

COOLING TIPS that will keep you and your apartment cool during the summer, while helping you save money

When our bodies are exposed to extreme temperatures and absorb too much heat, we become more prone to exhaustion and heat stroke. To avoid possible long-term consequences that lead to disease it is crucial to know how to keep yourself cool.  In general, going to a pool or seeking air-conditioned public facilities is a great…

Do you speak Energy? What you need to know about energy: a glossary.

Energy poverty and energy efficiency are closely related. An integrative definition of energy poverty includes not only income and housing costs, but looks at situations in which a household is not able to fully make use of the energy services needed to fulfil basic daily needs. This inability may be related to a combination of…

“I feel a bit frustrated when I feel like people aren’t tackling energy poverty because they’re waiting for it to be defined.”

Marilyn Smith, journalist and communications consultant with specialisation in the energy sector. (Image: private)

Marilyn Smith is a Paris based journalist with a background in energy reporting. She is responsible for the communication of the Energy Action Project. We talked to her about how diverse the manifestations of energy poverty are in Europe, and why it is not always easy to generate attention for this issue.  You work on a…

Energy for All: Lessons learned from the Energie voor Iedereen project taking place in the Netherlands.

In the Energie voor Iedereen (Energy for All) project, four pilots tested how residents with a limited budget who live in social housing or in their own homes can be involved in the energy transition. What are the opportunities and ways to involve them in the transition? This short interview with Madelon van Duren, research consultant at Het PON &…