More than 10% of all UK citizens are “energy vulnerable”


More than 10% of the UK’s population consider themselves to be “energy vulnerable” according to Britain’s Energy Networks Association, with more than 7 million people signed up to the UK’s network companies’ registers for vulnerable energy customers.

Given the arrival of the UK’s notoriously cold winter, The Energy Networks Association launched a campaign called ‘Be Winter Ready’ to encourage consumers to prepare for the season, where severe weather often damages energy infrastructure and disrupts supplies.

The good news, says the organization, has been a dramatic drop in the frequency and duration in electricity and gas supply dramatically – – typically, electricity customers experience a power cut less than once every two years, with gas customers may only experience an interruption every 400 years.

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David Smith, Chief Executive of the Energy Networks Association, said: “The networks constantly review the resilience of infrastructure and there are robust plans in place to deal with the damage caused by extreme weather.

“However, we want the public to know there are things they can do to ‘Be Winter Ready’ and ensure that those customers who do have a power cut or gas emergency know exactly who to call so that they can get reconnected quickly and be as fully prepared as possible.”

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