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Archive for November, 2010

Ofgem set to investigate energy price increases

Energy sector watchdog Ofgem has announced that it plans to investigate the recent energy price increases imposed by various energy suppliers in Britain. Ofgem has claimed that the increases have widened the suppliers’ profit margins, from around £65 per customer in September to £90 per customer now – a rise of 38 per cent. Three […]

Energy providers announce big rises as temperatures in the UK plummet to -16C

Energy providers have this week revealed their plans to raise prices over the winter months. Scottish Power is increasing electricity bills by 8.9 per cent. Scottish & Southern Electricity is putting up gas by almost 10 per cent. British Gas, meanwhile, is introducing a 7 per cent rise on gas and electricity. The news comes […]

New figures suggest falling number of winter deaths

The Office of National Statistics has published a report that claims there were an estimated 25,400 additional deaths in England and Wales last winter – 30 per cent less than the previous year. The findings refer to “excess winter mortality”, which is the term used by the Office of National Statistics to describe deaths directly […]

Experts Claim Shutters and Curtains Act as ‘Double Glazing’

Researchers from Edinburgh have claimed that people living in poorly insulated properties, such as period houses, can substantially cut their energy bills by performing a simple task each day: closing their curtains or shutters as dusk falls. Energy conservation boffins from the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust arrived at the startling conclusion after using thermal imaging […]

British Gas Raises Gas and Electricity Prices

In a time of increasing fuel poverty, British Gas has sought to raise domestic gas and electricity bills by 7 per cent this winter. The news will disappoint many customers who already feel that their energy bills are overpriced in the turbulent economic environment. British Gas has announced that the planned increase will take effect […]

Age UK Launches New Heating Campaign for the Elderly

Age UK, the charity for elderly people in Britain, has recently launched a campaign designed to help the most vulnerable members of society stay warm this winter. The ‘Spread the Warmth‘ initiative has been devised following concerns that many of Britain’s over-60-year-olds are concerned about their central heating fuel costs ahead of the forthcoming winter, […]

Landlords Could be Fined for Energy Inefficiency

The coalition Government has planned to bolster legislation in an effort to force more landlords to improve the energy inefficiency of their rented properties. As part of the so-called ‘green deal’, which is likely to be presented to Parliament in December, the new provisions aim to fine landlords who rent properties that have not been […]