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Archive for February, 2010

Winter Energy Bills Cause Concern for All but Some Households

UK Snow

The unseasonably cold weather that marked the turn of the decade has lingered across much of Britain throughout January and February; in fact, current weather forecasts predict that snowy conditions may continue into March, which will cause concern for many people who are already worried about their winter energy bills. New research produced by confused.com […]

Boiler Scrappage Scheme Proves Popular with Households

Boiler Scrappage

The Department of Energy and Climate Change announced yesterday 54,578 vouchers under the Boiler Scrappage Scheme had been issued to households within the first six weeks of the project. In total, 125,000 vouchers were made available under the scheme, which is ultimately designed to reduce carbon emissions caused by the energy inefficient G-rated boilers thought […]

Surprise British Gas Cuts Spark Price War Hope

British Gas

Last week, British Gas made a bold yet popular move to reduce its standard household gas prices by an average of 7%. The cuts have been applied with immediate effect and are thought to benefit approximately 8 million households across Britain. British Gas also suggested the 7% reduction in prices will translate to an average […]

Ofgem Warns of Unaffordable Energy Bills by 2020

Gas & Electricity Prices

Ofgem, regulator of the gas and electricity markets in Great Britain, has sounded a further warning over the cost of energy bills facing domestic consumers. Speaking to BBC Radio Four, Alistair Buchanan, Ofgem’s Chief Executive, claimed energy bills could rise by as much as 25% in the years leading to 2020. Mr Buchanan said: “The […]

Ofgem Accuses Leading Energy Providers of Profiteering

A recent report published by Ofgem further highlights how leading energy suppliers have reaped huge profits despite falling wholesale fuel prices. In light of the freezing weather that has continued to affect Britain throughout February, the failure by all but one of the so-called ‘big six’ energy companies, which comprise British Gas, E.ON, EDF, nPower […]

UK Government Announces Higher Feed-in Tariffs

Ed Milliband

Having come under fire from opposition parties – most notably the Liberal Democrats – the incumbent Labour Government has finally announced revisions to its proposed feed-in tariffs (FITs). The tariffs are available to any household, business or community that generates electricity from various renewable sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines. Essentially, this means […]

British Gas Cuts Gas Prices

British Gas have today announced it’s cutting its standard gas prices by an average of 7% – this makes British Gas the cheapest electricity and gas supplier at time of writing. Customers can sign up online to British Gas WebSaver 6 online tariff or choose the standard tariff. The full announcement released this morning is […]

Boiler Scrappage Scheme Hit by Extensive Delays

Since the UK Government announced its Boiler Scrappage Scheme, which provides homeowners with £400 vouchers (one per household) to replace their existing G-rated boilers with A-rated alternatives, the plan has attracted praise and criticism in equal measure. On the one hand, the Boiler Scrappage Scheme has been lauded as the answer to the nation’s domestic […]

Counting the Cost of 2010’s Cold Start

UK Snow

The recent spell of Arctic cold weather may be a forgotten memory for most – even if there is still a chance that the adverse weather will hit the UK again before the winter is over – but for others the period of snow, ice and freezing temperatures continue to cause problems. According to a […]