Energy is the fuel for everyday living. Energy is essential to health, development and livelihoods — whether used inside the home, for cooking and heating, or in our cities and towns, for transport and productive activities.

Yet energy use can also be harmful to health — particularly in poor societies where inefficient or inappropriate methods of heating, cooking and transport may degrade home and community environments, and have severe impacts on health.

Fuel Poverty

Fuel poverty can be measured against two definitions: full income and basic income. The full income definition, which the Welsh Government uses as the main measure in its most recent statistical release, is: A household is said to be in fuel poverty if, in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime it would be required to spend more than 10% of its income (including Housing Benefit or Income Support for Mortgage Interest) on all household fuel use [my emphasis]. A household is deemed to be in basic income fuel poverty if it is required to spend more than 10 per cent of its income (excluding Housing Benefit or Income Support for Mortgage Interest) on all household fuel use. A household is defined as being in severe fuel poverty should it spend more than 20 per cent of its income on household fuel use. Fuel Poverty: A quick guide. National Assembly for Wales, April 2011


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Simple biomass and coal stoves used in most low and middle income country homes typically are inefficient. As a result, a large percentage of the energy when burning these fuels is lost as products of incomplete combustion.

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