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Warm Homes for Oxfordshire

Oxford Friends of the Earth is a thriving and effective local group that has been active for over 40 years. Our purpose is to work together to promote a healthy and sustainable environment

Meeting the warm homes challenge:  recommendations for action

On 29th Nov. 2022 Oxfird FoE organised a roundtable discussion on ‘warm homes’ – home energy efficiency, fuel poverty and retrofitting homes in Oxfordshire and worked to identify relevant activities across the county, common goals, challenges, and areas for collaboration. Fuel poverty in Oxfordshire increased by 10 per cent in the space of a single year in 2020 with over 22,000 households affected. Since then energy prices have more than doubled, so that thousands more homes across the county are facing serious energy-related stress. Those homes are also the source of a quarter of our carbon emissions.

The report on the event is available here: ‘Warm Homes for Oxfordshire’

Slides of the presentations are here:

The Government announced its long-awaited ‘It All Adds Up’ energy-saving scheme soon after this event. Our discussion on how professional and voluntary groups can work together to ramp up work on these issues was very timely. Tackling the challenges identified here will be important if we are not repeat past errors.