Energy Diary

Health and societal side effects

Poor housing and healthcare costs associated with fuel poverty. 

More recently, the BRE has carried out additional research to chart not only the healthcare costs of poor homes, but also their impacts on communities and society in general. When families reduce their living space to the rooms they can afford to heat, overcrowding can lead to psychological impacts that may eventually result in costs to the healthcare system or to social agencies and other civil society organisations. In some instances, negative health outcomes are shown to contribute to disruptive or destructive behaviour. It is much more difficult to attach a 'cost' to these impacts, but they should not be overlooked. Continue reading here.