How IoT Technology Can Tackle Fuel Poverty

The latest government statistics on fuel poverty suggest that over 13% of households in the UK are considered to be fuel poor. A household is considered fuel poor when: 

  • The households fuel poverty energy efficiency is Band D or below and 
  • their disposable income (after housing and fuel costs) is below the poverty line. 

Living in fuel poverty can have a significant impact, in some cases resulting in social isolation, depression and hunger. But IoT can help to tackle this growing social challenge.   IoT devices are transforming the way we live. The introduction of IoT technology has made data, that had never previously been available, easily accessible to Landlords and their Tenants.

Within the housing sector, smart sensors are enabling Tenants to have greater control over their domestic heating and allowing housing providers to build profiles of individual residences.

Within IoT solutions, such as Invisible Systems online dashboard - Real-Time Online, there is the capability to provide alerts to housing providers when domestic temperatures drop below a safe winter level. Steps can then be taken by the relevant organisation to address the issue with tenants before the problem persists.

This information is invaluable when we consider the potential health risks of a cold home to those that are elderly or vulnerable.

At Invisible Systems, we’re helping Housing Associations across the UK to keep their tenants face and provide support where it may be required but not asked for.
If you would like more information on how you can use IoT to provide a better quality of life for tenants, please book a call with a member of our team.

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Full information on fuel poverty statistics in the UK can be found here