September 19, 2013 News

Simple solutions called for in fight against fuel poverty

With winter feeling very much like it’s in the air, everyone’s talking about how long we can hold out before we finally give in and put the heating on. But for the 3.2 million UK households facing fuel poverty, choosing savings on bills over a comfortable home is a very serious problem. 

“Bills are going up, the level of debt people are suffering is going up, and we know we have at least 3.2 million UK households in fuel poverty”, explains Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at National Energy Action. “People in their homes can’t do anything about global energy prices, what they can do is look at their own energy use. Low cost solutions with low-pay back periods are really important and have a significant role to play in helping people reduce their energy consumption.”

Amongst the solutions on show at the conference is a small household device that promises to make a big difference for consumers struggling to keep up with rising energy bills. Chop-Cloc is a unique heating control device that helps householders save up to 30% on their heating bills without noticing any difference in temperature.

The Chop-Cloc concept is based on radiant heat. Having the heating off from anywhere between 15 and 45 minutes an hour (depending on how cold it is) really doesn’t make any difference to how warm you feel in the room.

Carpets, walls, sofas, even other people get ‘charged up’ with heat energy from the radiators and continue to release that heat even if the heating is switched off (or chopped) for a time.

“It’s great to have really innovative products and services like this”, explains Maria. “With devices like Chop-Cloc you can get people to think about behavioural change and other things they can do which together can make a significant saving.” 

Chop-Cloc CEO Mark Kerray is passionate about the difference these savings can make to those who struggle to heat their homes: “Escalating energy bills and increasing levels of fuel poverty are frankly frightening. At a time when a quarter of us have to put up with ‘unacceptably cold’ homes because of rising energy costs, the need for radical solutions is clear.”

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