The Top 11 Smart Thermostats of 2015

By Rebecca Fox on June 8, 2015

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Picture of Hive programmable thermostat

With heating bills accounting for around 60% of the average UK homeowners energy spend, it’s no wonder so many of us are trying to take better control of our usage. Enter the programmable smart thermostat, one of the most popular gadgets on the home technology market. Not only do smart thermostats allow you to control […]

Updates to ECO Boiler Grants Criteria 2015

By Rebecca Fox on May 26, 2015

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Picture of a warm home

On 1 April 2015 the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme saw updates to its qualifying criteria – a higher income threshold and the inclusion of Universal Credit. These changes will mean more people across England, Scotland and Wales are able to qualify for free a grant towards a replacement boiler. Universal Credit Now a Criteria […]

Warm Home Discount scheme open to more people

By Katie Anderson on November 3, 2014

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Pensioners can apply for the Warm Home Discount

More people than ever before are set to take advantage of the Warm Home Discount this year. The Government scheme was introduced in 2011 and provides eligible pensioners and vulnerable households with a one-off discount of up to £140 off their electricity bills. An extra 200,000 people will benefit from the payment, which is applied […]

Heating myths to blame for increases in energy bills

By Katie Anderson on October 24, 2014

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Big Energy Saving Week

As if heating bills aren’t expensive enough. A survey carried out for the Big Energy Saving Week (20-24th October) has highlighted how a lack of knowledge and understanding about how to heat our homes efficiently results in unnecessarily high energy bills.   The Department of Energy and Climate Change has teamed up with the Energy […]

GDHIF to open again in November with £100m

By Katie Anderson on October 7, 2014

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change has today confirmed that its popular Green Deal cashback scheme, in the shape of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, is to open again following its closure at the end of July. By the end of November, the Government will provide a boost to its Green Deal scheme […]

Latest ECO and Green Deal figures

By Katie Anderson on September 30, 2014

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New boiler replacement

The latest statistical information for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation schemes have been published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. By the end of July 2014, thanks to ECO, Green Deal, cashback and GDHIF, 940,000 energy saving improvements had been installed in 778,000 homes. Solid wall insulation and replacement gas boilers continue […]

UK households pay three times the cost of wholesale gas

By Katie Anderson on September 1, 2014

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Wondering what your energy supplier pays for wholesale gas? Probably about three times less than what they charge you, it’s been revealed.  UK households are having to pay up to three times more for  wholesale gas compared to what it’s costing energy firms. The news is made even more shocking considering the fact that the […]

DECC publishes latest Green Deal stats

By Katie Anderson on August 22, 2014

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Yesterday the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published its latest official Green Deal statistics. July was the biggest month for the Green Deal so far, with more than 37,000 homes having a Green Deal Assessment, taking the total number of assessments to over 300,000. The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund also closed its […]

DECC launches RHI calculator to estimate financial rewards

By Katie Anderson on August 6, 2014

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched their Renewable Heat Incentive calculator to demonstrate the financial rewards available to households who invest in renewable heat systems, including heat pumps, solar thermal panels and biomass boilers.  The online tool allows consumers to calculate how much money they can potentially earn if they were […]

GDHIF cashback scheme closes due to massive demand

By Katie Anderson on July 29, 2014

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A sudden rush to apply for Green Deal Home Improvement Fund vouchers has resulted in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) pulling the plug on its popular energy efficiency cashback scheme. Citing “overwhelming popular demand” as the reason behind their decision to close the scheme, which had seen the entire £120 million worth […]