About Us

The Fair Energy Campaign is a volunteer-led movement to shift the market through a community’s purchasing decisions.

Looking at the world today, we see our energy consumption spewing dangerous greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and contributing to climate change that hits the poorest hardest.

Households often remain on overpriced tariffs through overcomplicated and unclear policies. Citizens UK’s listening campaigns in 2013 found that energy bills often are a significant factor in why people fall into debt. In fact, over 4 million UK households are currently in debt to their energy supplier.

We believe in fair energy for all, because everyone deserves access to clean energy and fair pricing.

We think energy suppliers can do better for people and the planet, so we are building a social movement to raise the bar in energy supply standards.

Joining our campaign and helping people to switch to one of our recommended energy suppliers is a simple but powerful way to cut carbon footprints and household bills simultaneously.

Unlike switching websites, Citizens UK do not earn a referral fee. We believe all this money should be kept by our communities.

 

We are calling for energy companies to:

  1. End “tease and squeeze” pricing – Energy suppliers often offer cheap rates, but after a year may households forget to renew their contract. Households are then placed on a Standard Variable Tariff, which can increase fuel bills as much as 30%
  2. 100% renewable electricity – in their fuel energy mix as reported to Ofgem In 2020-22, the Fair Energy Campaign is working with faith groups and community organisations to become Fair Energy Hubs, switching their buildings and encouraging people to switch to one of three energy suppliers.

 

Causes of fuel poverty (NEA statistics 2020)

Fuel poverty is caused by low incomes, high energy prices and energy inefficient housing.

FACT 1

19.7% of all households living in properties with the lowest energy ratings are fuel poor – they make up 36.9% of all fuel-poor households. This is compared to only 3% of households that live in properties with the highest energy ratings – they make up just 7.8% of all fuel-poor households.

FACT 2

21.3% of households in the private rented sector are fuel poor – they make up 37.6% of all fuel-poor households.

FACT 3

79.1% of households in fuel poverty are classed as vulnerable, that is one containing children, the elderly, or someone with a long-term illness or disability.

FACT 4

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