Define Fuel Poverty

By
Education & Training with GLREA

I had an interesting conversation today with a local stock broker. During our discussion I mentioned fuel poverty. He stopped me mid-sentence....

"What is that?" he asked.

What is what? I said.

What is fuel poverty? What is your definition of Fuel Poverty?" he asked.

I thought everyone had heard it yet he told me he had not heard the term before....

                                                       but it struck him....

"How do you define it?" he asked.

Hmmm...my definition of fuel poverty is that one spends so much of their disposible income on fuel - whether for keeping warm, driving to appointments or heating water - that they don't have enough money to enjoy the things they want to enjoy, or feed their family, or pay their mortgage.

 

gary hammerlund fuel poverty

 

 

The "official" Wikipedia definition of Fuel Poverty is, "A fuel poor household is one which cannot afford to keep adequately warm at reasonable cost." As the wiki says, this is a popular term in the UK. I think it is a term we need to become familiar with in the U.S.

Whether in the north...where heating is important....

         or in the south...where cooling is important.....

   Fuel poverty is real....

             this is why I am happy to see incentives for not only energy efficiency, but renewable energy, in the stimulus bill...

 

    How do you define, "Fuel Poverty??"

*photo courtesy Gary Hammerlund, HERS Rater, Certified Energy Efficient

 

Comments (17)

ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779
REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK - Asheville, NC
CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com

Mary~

Good topic for discussion. I am reBlogging this as part of the Eco-All-Stars' February SHARE THE LINK LOVE Challenge...

and while I have not used the term "fuel poverty", I certainly understand it as defined...and hope that all of us can see that term go into oblivion...possibly with the advent of renewable energy, we will...

Feb 19, 2009 11:51 PM
Steve Miller
Gardens as Art - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Hi Mary, I came upon this post by way of janeAnne.  The picture tells it all.  I'm going to reblog since it seems I haven't had time recently to come up with anything origonal.  Thanks for the post.  Steve

Feb 20, 2009 12:26 PM
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

I don't know that I can best this, yet another new term. I would think it could extend to fuel for the body and soul

Feb 20, 2009 10:16 PM
Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

Every month when I use $78 worth of actual electricity and pay $125 more, for a fuel surcarge I get HOT.

Feb 21, 2009 02:50 AM
Edward D. Nikles
Ed Nikles Custom Builder , Inc. / Nikles Realty , Inc. - Milford, PA

Thanks for exposing me to a new term ! I feel " Fuel Poverty"  when I pay my Propane Budget Plan Bill & my Electrical Bill every month ! That's one of the reasons I began to build Energy Star & Green Homes ! I'd rather spend the $ on Energy Efficiency than on Fuel !

Feb 23, 2009 10:43 AM
Bob Gentile
GO Solar in Palm Beach County, Florida - Abundant Energy Inc - Boynton Beach, FL

"Fuel Poverty"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

THanks for sharing Mary I hate to say I actually never heard that either...

not sure what my definition would be ....kinda like the wiki one :-) "A fuel poor household is one which cannot afford to keep adequately warm at reasonable cost."

Feb 23, 2009 12:39 PM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!

Hi Steve ~ I'm glad JaneAnne sent you by! Thanks for reblogging! Now that I have learned about it I find sometimes that is easier and also portrays my feelings without having to reinvent the wheel!!!

You're awesome! I'll check by your blog soon!

Feb 23, 2009 12:43 PM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!

Hi Janice - You may have something there! The full body and soul! If one can't make a utility bill could they also be suffering elsewhere? Could they want to treat their family to some fun but can't? You have added a great thought process to this! Fuel poverty...what is your definition!!!

Feb 23, 2009 12:45 PM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!

Hi Terry...they just go up, and up, and up! What is the fuel surcharge for? Who does it go to? I am curious!

Feb 23, 2009 12:46 PM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!

Hi Ed!

I would suggest be careful of the budget plan! I am not a fan.

Most folks don't look at their monthly usage when they are on the budget plan. Maybe you do? Let me know and you can blow my theory!!!

Do you think you use more, or less energy on the budget plan? Why do you subscribe to that? Does it just make your bill payment easier?

Feb 23, 2009 12:48 PM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!

Hi Bob ~ have you ever talked with someone who can't afford a movie out for the family because their utility bills ~ air or heat ~ are too high? Disconcerting! How about one who has to decide between a mortgage payment and a utility bill?

You are right..wiki says it best! Thanks for your comment! Hope to see more of you!

Feb 23, 2009 12:50 PM
Laura Gray
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD

Mary

I can always depend on you to teach me GREEN tidbits that I can pass on in a casual conversation and sound soooooooo smart & trendy !!!!

Apr 04, 2009 06:50 AM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!

Hi Laura!

And you are networking in that city with policy makers that need to hear the language!! Good to hear from you!

Apr 27, 2009 11:34 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Mary I do budget billing also.  I just know what my bill will be every month for a year.  Then the next year of bills are based on my actual usage for this year.  I love it.  In the end you never pay for more than you use.

And Fuel Poverty... It's keeping two parents and three kids being able to get where they need to get, fed, and warm or cool.

Apr 29, 2009 04:17 PM
Darrell Backen
Darrell Backen 1.855.216.6010 - Vancouver, BC
Digital Marketing

I attended the Active Rain Raincamp In Seattle. These are some of the tools and sites they told us about. You may find them useful. I am just started out in AR so everything I can learn is a benefit to me.

1 www.bannerfans.com
2 www.box.net
3 www.calendars.net
4 www.drop.io
5 www.eventbrite.com
6 www.feedblitz.com
7 www.feedmingle.com 
8 www.freeconferencecall.com
9 www.issuu.com
10 www.jimdo.com 
11 www.picnik.com
12 www.primopdf.com.
13 www.retagr.com 
14 www.screenr.com.
15 www.shoutem.com .
16 www.slide.com
17 www.steprep.com
18 www.walkscore,com
19 www.yugma.com
Oct 23, 2009 11:57 AM
Anonymous
Richard

Which is why we should totally support companies who use 100% green energy. An example is hPage ( https://www.hpage.com/ ) which is a free website builder. They are verified as a 100% green company and use green energy and they are verified with a logo on their website. You can figure out if an online resource is owned by a company who uses green energy through the logo on their website. We should support them because they pay higher prices too just to do their part in reducing energy.

Sep 25, 2018 08:34 AM
#16
Anonymous
Richard

Which is why we should totally support companies who use 100% green energy. An example is hPage ( https://www.hpage.com/ ) which is a free website builder. They are verified as a 100% green company and use green energy and they are verified with a logo on their website. You can figure out if an online resource is owned by a company who uses green energy through the logo on their website. We should support them because they pay higher prices too just to do their part in reducing energy.

Sep 25, 2018 08:36 AM
#17
Anonymous
Richard

Which is why we should totally support companies who use 100% green energy. An example is hPage.com which is a free website builder. They are verified as a 100% green company and use green energy and they are verified with a logo on their website. You can figure out if an online resource is owned by a company who uses green energy through the logo on their website. We should support them because they pay higher prices too just to do their part in reducing energy.

Feb 24, 2019 02:21 AM
#18