Our well-insulated four- bedroom house uses LPG for central heating as well as water-heating and cooking. The thermostat is set at 18C to heat two public rooms only when necessary, with a coal fire on winter evenings. The controls are set at minimum in the rest of the house.
In the year to October 2004, we used 4,500 litres at a cost of £1,260 (28p/litre), while for 2012 we have cut consumption to 3,600 litres costing £2,535 (70p/litre). Although we are pensioners, we are fortunate in being able to afford to pay this. But what percentage of the rural population will be in fuel poverty this winter?