Energy, Society and Place Research Unit

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham


This is the website of the ENergy use and fuel poverty among Young Adults (ENYA) project, funded by the Cheshire Lehmann fund.

ENYA investigates the relationship between fuel poverty and life course transitions among flat-sharing young people living in privately rented housing. The project is part of a wider programme of work, previously undertaken via two separate projects funded by the Durham Energy Institute and the Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems, Equity and Vulnerability, aimed at exploring the social and spatial implications of fuel poverty and energy vulnerability among young people in the UK and Europe more generally.

The project has been focusing on the different ways in which fuel poverty is related to changes in incomes, lifestyles and everyday practices that occur as a result of moving into independent accommodation among young people – a demographic group which, while often being considered privileged in terms of income (in the case of students), is overrepresented in poor quality and inefficient housing.

The project aims to establish whether flat-sharing young people moving into private rented accommodation represent a part of society that is invisible to all fuel poverty assistance, while providing indicative evidence about the ways in which this group could be identified and helped.

Some of the questions we have been asking include:

–       To what extent do flat-sharing young people moving out of the parental home for the first time suffer from fuel poverty?

–       What are the fuel poverty-relevant socio-demographic features of households in this group?

–       How is the emergence of fuel poverty among flat-sharing young people in privately rented accommodation contingent on everyday life practices, behaviours and attitudes among them (energy efficiency, energy needs, ability to understand and access energy assistance, relationship with landlords)

–       What kind of assistance (financial aid, information, investment in energy efficiency) might help them behave more sustainably and/or improve their access to energy services in the home?

Click here for the final project report, including preliminary results (as of the 31st of May 2012).

Click here for a literature review and bibliography that was produced as part of the project.

Please contact Dr Saska Petrova if you would like to find out more about the activities within the project.


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