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Escaping energy poverty: the support coming from EU

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Across the EU, 50 million families are living in energy poverty. Some lack access to affordable energy, whereas others occupy old, draughty buildings that cannot be easily heated. Many are living without lighting, appliances, heating and access to cooking facilities – everyday things that most of us take for granted. In these poor living conditions, people are more likely to develop respiratory problems, suffer from cardiac illnesses and have mental health issues.


But energy poverty impacts us all, not just people living in these conditions.


The excess energy used to heat old, inefficient housing has a serious effect on the environment and contributes to climate change. By raising awareness and providing low-interest loans, the EU is helping people create warmer, insulated homes, lower energy bills and improve the society we live in.


Did you know?

  • 50 MILLION: the number of households living in energy poverty.
  • 1 IN 10: Europeans were behind with paying their utility bills in 2016.
  • 11% of the EU population couldn’t keep their homes warm enough in 2016.
  • 2009, the year combatting energy poverty was first mentioned in EU legislation, requiring EU countries to develop action plans to tackle the problem.
  • EU ENERGY POVERTY OBSERVATORY (EPOV) is a vast collection of knowledge, data and contacts on energy poverty across the EU and giving visibility to the problem.
  • 52,000 the amount of households that have been renovated thanks to EU funds across Lithuania.

Read more on EU protects website.