Why have our energy bills risen?
Since early 2022, more and more of us have struggled to cope with rising energy bills. For some people, the situation is pushing them into an impossible choice between heating and eating.
Meanwhile, fossil fuel companies continue to log enormous profits. So why have our bills increased and what should we do to ensure we never end up in this crisis again?
Energy crisis hotspots
The energy crisis affects some communities worse than others. Our research shows that there are almost 9,000 energy crisis "hotspots" across the UK.
Energy crisis hotspots are neighbourhoods where energy use is high (often because homes are lack adequate insulation) and typical household income is below the national average.
Type your postcode into the map to see whether you live in a crisis hotspot.
Provide emergency support
We need to protect our communities from the impacts of soaring bills and cold homes. But long-term solutions take time to implement. That's why, in the meantime, we need the government to provide emergency financial support to those most in need.
Insulate our leaky homes
The UK has some of the least energy efficient homes in Europe. We're calling for government to fund a free street-by-street insulation programme to help avoid energy wastage and slash bills, starting in areas highlighted as crisis "hotspots".
Fix the energy system
Investing in fossil fuels won't solve the energy crisis. After all, renewable energy is now up to 9 times cheaper than from gas. Our government needs to harness the renewable energy potential provided by wind, solar and sea to make sure we've got clean, affordable energy for generations to come.
Initiated by Friends of the Earth, United for Warm Homes is an alliance of community groups of all different backgrounds, united by a common goal - warm homes that don't cost the earth.
The driving belief behind our coalition is that when we come together, we become a force too powerful to be ignored.
Check out whether there's a group in your area and see if they're a part of the campaign.
The human impact
Colin, who lives with cancer, saw his energy bill double overnight. His oncologist asked him to keep his flat at a certain temperature, but he couldn't afford to.
Colin is one of millions struggling to afford their energy bills.
Government action is falling far too short of what’s desperately needed to help people like Colin.