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Archive for October, 2011

Half of Under 40s Not Winter Savvy Says British Gas

According to the results of a British Gas survey, half of those under 40 are clueless when it comes to servicing their homes for the winter. The last two harsh winters seems to have highlighted a lack of knowledge when it comes to preparing our homes for severe weather conditions. The survey of 2,200 adults […]

Npower Handed £2m Fine For Poor Behaviour

Energy regulator Ofgem has handed npower a £2 million fine, after they found the energy provider guilty of mishandling customer complaints. This is the second time one of the so-called “Big Six” has been fined for the same offence; British Gas was ordered to pay £2.5 million back in July. In an industry tarnished by […]

EST Leaks Details of FITs Cuts

Details of the cuts affecting feed-in tariffs (FITs) have been published online by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) – only to be removed almost immediately. The leaked information has come as a shock to homeowners and solar PV installation firms. According to the EST, the UK Government will slash the rate of the feed-in tariff […]

Extra £1m For Social Housing Renewable Heat Fund

Under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme, funding for social landlords to install renewable heating technologies has been increased to £4 million. The announcement was made at yesterday’s Solar Power UK 2011 conference in Birmingham, with Greg Barker, the Minister for Energy and Climate Change confirming that funding set aside for social housing has […]

Confused.com and EST Team Up For Energy Saving Tips

It’s Energy Saving Week, and money saving website Confused.com has teamed up with the Energy Saving Trust to offer consumers energy saving tips. A recent poll conducted by Confused.com revealed some surprising, if not shocking, results, not least that more and more people seem to be engaging in desperate measures to fight rising gas and […]

Renewable Heat Incentive Gets EU Seal of Approval

After some delay, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has finally been given the EU seal of approval, and will launch at the end of November. The green heating scheme had initially been scheduled to kick off for business users at the start of October, but was subjected to a delay at the last minute […]

Renewable Energy Projects Boosting Local Economies

If a community is looking for ways to become more sustainable and create local jobs, then they should look to invest in renewable energy, says the Co-operative Bank. Whether it’s solar electricity, wind farms or hydro-power projects, renewable energy schemes can be a key factor in helping to boost local economies, and since 2007 the […]

Brits Will Bank Energy Savings Rather Than Invest Them

The British public are far more interested in banking energy savings, rather than invest in further energy saving measures, says the Energy Saving Trust. The findings of a new study – released to coincide with the launch of the Energy Saving Trust’s Energy Saving Week – reveal that five times as many UK householders would […]

Turning Up the Heat With Energy Saving Week

Today sees the start of the Energy Saving Trust’s Energy Saving Week, which highlights how you can take back control of your bills by implementing a variety of energy saving measures. A unique annual event, “Take back control of your energy bills” will give homeowners the opportunity to learn how to become more energy efficient, […]

Funding For ‘Social Solar’ at Risk

A project set up to provide thousands of social tenants with solar PV panels is under threat after the Government announced a comprehensive review of feed-in tariff subsidies. The social enterprise behind the initiative, Empower Community, fears the UK Government – the ‘greenest ever’ to take office according to Prime Minister David Cameron – will […]