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Pentland Energy Advice are positioned to highlight and give advice on fuel poverty.  A household is considered to be in fuel poverty if 10% of the total income is being spent on heating and lighting the home.

Evaluating Fuel Poverty

  • To assess whether you are suffering from fuel poverty you must add up all your household income ie take home salary and any benefits that you may be in receipt of including Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, Child Allowance etc.
  • Calculate how much you are spending on fuel ie electric and/or gas.
  • If you are spending  approximately 10% of your income on fuel you are considered to be in fuel poverty.

Simple Ways Of Reducing The Risk Of Fuel Poverty

  • Becoming more aware of your energy usage.
  • Becoming more aware of your energy costs.
  • Involving the whole household in trying to reduce energy consumption.
  • Heating the house in accordance to the demands of the household.
  • Improving energy efficiency of the property via insulation and draught proofing measures

What to do if You Think You Are Experiencing Fuel Poverty

  • Contact Pentland Energy Advice on 01847 807116 or via email:, alternatively you can drop into our office at 37 Trail street. Thurso, KW14 8EG.
  • We will arrange for one of our experienced advisers to make an appointment to speak with you.
  • We will carry out a thorough assessment and confirm whether or not you are experiencing fuel poverty.
  • We can give advice on accessing social tariffs from your energy suppliers.
  • Give you advice on long term behavioural change.
  • Give advice on simple measures to improve overall energy efficiency.


Fuel Poverty Calculator

Use our calculator to give an indication of whether you are affected by Fuel Poverty.


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