Here's our fuel fact file.
Why tackle fuel poverty?
Around 59,295 Derbyshire households live in fuel poverty.
An estimated 426 'excess winter deaths' occur in Derbyshire each year due to an increase in heart attacks and strokes, respiratory disease, flu, falls and injuries.
Each person who suffers ill health and dies as a result of conditions made worse by fuel poverty has on average 100 GP consultations and eight hospital admissions.
People living in a cold or damp home take longer to recover from illness − increasing demand on health and social care services.
Simple steps to reduce energy costs and make it easier for people to pay their fuel bills have a measurable positive impact on their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Evidence shows residents are more likely to act on advice about their wellbeing if they hear it from a health professional.
Each £1 spent tackling fuel poverty saves the health service 42p.
Keeping an eye on your fuel costs:
Home owners can switch gas and electricity suppliers to get better deals. Citizens Advice has advice on how switch energy supplier (opens in a new window) and Which? Switch (opens in a new window) has useful information and guidance.
Landlords must not charge more than the 'maximum resale price'. Tenants can check that they are not being overcharged. Citizens Advice has information on what your landlord can charge you for energy (opens in a new window)
Thirty five per cent of Derbyshire households don't have mains gas and often rely on heating oil to keep their houses warm. They could join Rural Action Derbyshire's Community Oil Buying Scheme (opens in a new window) which bulk buys oil and saves individuals money. Contact Claire Thornber tel: 07903 876811.
Energy cost monitors are free to borrow from your local library for up to six weeks. They tell you how much electricity you are using and help you cut down on waste.
Energy efficiency schemes
Talk to your borough or district council to check out what energy efficiency schemes they are running. Find your council's contact details at or Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190.
The Affordable Warmth Scheme provides heating and insulation improvements for low-income and vulnerable households. It is means tested. Call the Energy Saving Advice Service tel: 0300 123 1234 to check whether you might be eligible. Social housing tenants are not eligible to apply.
The Green Deal is a scheme that can help you make energy-saving improvements to your home or business and pay for them through instalments added to your electricity bill. The savings on your energy bills after you've made the improvements should cover the repayment of the loan. For an assessment, call the Energy Saving Advice Service tel: 0300 123 1234.