Scilly Has Highest Rate Of Domestic Electricity Usage In UK
Figures just released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that each home on the islands used an average of 6,610 KWh in 2014, just above the Shetland Islands and Orkney.
This high rate of electricity usage is likely to be due to the lack of a domestic gas supply on many UK offshore islands and the use of electricity for water and central heating.
The higher cost of electricity is also one of the reasons why Scilly has consistently headed the list of local authorities with highest rate of fuel poverty.
That’s when householders have to pay more than the national average for their energy, resulting in them falling below the official poverty line.
In 2013, government statistics showed that 22.4% of homes in Scilly were in fuel poverty.