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…

Support for energy-poor households – Dorina Pagliaro gives insights into the situation in Belgium.

Energy poverty in times of pandemic, challenges and disruptions. Dorina Pagliaro from Samenlevingsopbouw gives an insight into the prevailing situation in Belgium and shows what can be done to support people affected by energy poverty. What is the situation concerning energy poverty in Belgium? In Belgium, more than one in five households is affected by…

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 &…

Inspiration session: Engaging stakeholders in the Netherlands

In March 2021 the first stakeholder meeting within the EnergyMeasures project took place online, counting 32 participants from various sectors. The aim was to bring participants working at housing corporations, municipalities and other authorities and energy coaches into contact with each other to enable a first exchange regarding the issue at stake – energy poverty…

Tips & tricks for saving energy and reducing your energy consumption bills

Energy efficiency means using less amount of energy, reducing your home’s energy waste and saving money. To effectively increase energy efficiency involves diverse but simple approaches. But in particular, energy saving measures require the process of creating awareness. Hence, energy efficiency involves people becoming aware of how energy is used, where it is being wasted…

“The outcomes will be more money in households, warmer homes, greater energy efficiency and reduction in emissions.”

Stornoway Harbour. The capital of the Outer Hebrides. (Stephen Branley / Stornoway Harbour / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Donna Young and Charlie Healey of Tighean Innse Gall explain how their organization utilizes the EnergyMeasures project to tackle energy poverty in Scotlands most remote islands. More than half of the 14 inhabited islands on the far west of Scotland, with their many rural townships on the Atlantic coast, spend more than 10 % on…