January 2015 will go down in history as one of the coldest of the last decades in Spain. According to official data from the State Meteorology Agency, the average monthly temperature for the period 1981-2010 was 6.90C however this year the average temperature in January has been under 0.40C. Every year, temperatures start to drop over the last days of September, marking the start of the central heating season.
The cost of energy, the economic crisis and, in many cases, the low quality of the buildings (many of which were constructed with no energy efficiency criteria) have resulted in the creation of new terms such as “fuel poverty” to simply define the difficulty of covering the basic heating needs of a segment of the population.
Recent studies demonstrate that in 2014, 9% of our population were found to be in this situation of fuel poverty. In other words, a large number of citizens are unable to meet the costs, mainly gas and diesel, of heating their homes (around 60% of the energy costs of a home go towards heating and domestic hot water).
Roberto de Antonio
Founding partner of Factorverde, S.A.
Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2015