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In an Inside Out energy special, Chris Jackson finds out why North East homes are so poorly insulated, Michelle Ackerley challenges two families to cut their energy bills, and we discover how some are stealing fuel.

Release date:

29 minutes

Last on

Mon 20 Jan 2014 19:30
BBC One North East & Cumbria

The households missing out on winter fuel discounts

The households missing out on winter fuel discounts

As winter temperatures drop, how many households on low incomes know about the government's special fuel allowance, the Warm Home Discount?

 

Inside Out discovered that only a fraction of those who are entitled to the Warm Home Discount in County Durham are in receipt of it.

 

Watch the Inside Out North East video feature on the BBC News website.

Understanding who qualifies for help with fuel bills

Understanding who qualifies for help with fuel bills

With the way fuel bills are these days there can't be many of us who don't think twice about switching the heating on as temperatures drop.

 

On Inside Out this week we're looking at the energy efficiency of our homes, top tips on how we can help ourselves to save power, and what discounts are available to those of us on lower incomes.

 

Read Chris Jackson's correspondent blog on the BBC News website.

Meet the energy thieves

Meet the energy thieves

As energy prices increase, a growing number of people are choosing to steal their gas and electricity.

 

For some it comes down to being cash-strapped, but others are prepared to cheat the system whilst also endangering the lives of neighbours.


 

There is also an increasing number of unscrupulous people willing to offer a service to tamper with meters for a charge of between £10-£500.


 

Watch the Inside Out London video feature on the BBC News website.

Tackling the energy thieves

Tackling the energy thieves

Criminal gangs are helping homeowners and landlords avoid paying for power by "hotwiring" supplies for as little as £10, BBC Inside Out has learned.

 

The energy thieves operating in London can tamper with 15 meters in a day, an investigation found.
 

 

 

Read the exclusive Inside Out story on the BBC News website.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterChris Jackson
ReporterMichelle Ackerley
EditorJacqui Hodgson