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Archive for March, 2010

British Wind Power Sails Ahead Despite Professor’s Criticism

Wind turbines

The UK Government has received a timely boost from German engineering company, Siemens, which plans to develop a new wind turbine plant in Britain. Aside from the obvious environmental benefits such a project would likely deliver, the new wind turbine is expected to generate hundreds of jobs locally. Siemens has claimed that it will invest […]

Boiler Scrappage Scheme in England No Longer Open to New Applications

Boiler Scrappage Scheme now closed

Since its launch in January this year, the UK Government’s Boiler Scrappage Scheme for England has received mixed reviews. Green energy campaigners have, generally speaking, been in favour of the scheme, which enabled eligible households in the UK to receive a £400 voucher to put towards replacing their energy inefficient G-rated boilers with considerably more […]

Which? Report Names Npower as Britain’s Worst Energy Supplier

Owned by the German company, RWE, Npower boasts around 6.5 million customers in the UK; however, despite its popularity, one of the country’s biggest energy suppliers has worked its way to the top of a league of shamed utility companies. In a study of 8,000 people compiled by Which? consumer group, Npower was named as […]

Will Smart Meters Actually Reduce Domestic Energy Bills in the UK?

EnergySmart electricity monitor

The short answer to the title question is a resounding no: smart meters cannot directly save customers money. In fact, the installation of smart meters in households that have previously spread out the costs of their energy usage through monthly direct debits may see their bills rise initially; smart meters, first and foremost, provide accurate […]

E.ON Gives Away Energy Saving Devices to News of the World Readers

The major energy companies in Britain have long been accused of milking customers for every penny, so it came as a refreshing surprise when E.ON announced earlier in the month they would be giving a little something back to the public. Unfortunately, that little something proved not to be the profits generated by low wholesale […]

More a Scrape than a Cut: E.ON’s Prices Disappoint Many

In an era of economic hardship, the rising cost of fuel bills has become a major concern for the average household. Britain’s leading energy providers, which include British Gas and E.ON, have been accused of raking in profits generated by cheaper wholesale fuel costs. Unfortunately, the major energy suppliers have argued against passing on cheaper […]

Drive for Green ‘Microgeneration’ Limited by a Shortage of Certified Engineers

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According to the biggest manufacturer of central heating equipment in the UK, Worcester Bosch, the move towards so-called microgeneration is likely to trip over red tape currently restricting the availability of new certified installers of renewable energy equipment. Microgeneration refers to a governmental scheme designed to encourage millions of UK households to produce their own […]

UK Government’s Energy Saving Measures to Cost Homeowners £7bn

Solar Roof Panels

On Tuesday, the UK Government proposed legislation that would enable homeowners to take out loans worth thousands of pounds in order to meet its ambitious environmental targets. Under the legislation, homeowners would take out loans against their homes to install loft insulation, cavity wall insulation or solar panels. As any such loan would be fixed […]

High Time to Invest in Underfloor Heating?

Underfloor heating system

The calls for more energy efficient central heating systems have sounded for quite some time now. In light of the burgeoning environmental problems and rising cost of domestic fuel bills, homeowners are faced with the realisation that something needs to be done to address the inefficiency of houses in the UK. According to research compiled […]