11% of Scottish households are using electric heating, which is the most expensive form of domestic fuel – three times as costly as gas.
A new report today by Citizens Advice Scotland finds that many in this group are on low incomes and unlikely to access the support that is available or to switch to cheaper fuel sources.
Official figures show that 26.5% of all Scots are in fuel poverty, but the figure among electricity users is 51%. The figure for gas users is 23%.
Publishing the Hard Wired Problems report, CAS energy spokesman Craig Salter says,
“Electric heating is by far the most costly heating type in Scotland, yet many of the people who use it are those least able to afford it. So they are paying over the odds to heat their home.
“People are in this situation for a variety of reasons. In some cases electricity is the only source available, as gas supply pipes don’t reach their home. In other cases they are renting their home so have to accept whatever system the landlord has installed.
“The good news is that there are some excellent support services out there, but they are not reaching everyone who needs them. So we need to make sure that electricity users know they can access specialist support that is tailored to their needs.”
The report is available here.