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Archive for July, 2012

Small energy supplier cuts energy costs, will the Big Six be next?

It’s been almost six months since the UK’s biggest energy suppliers lowered their energy costs but in light of the £350 million pre-tax profit achieved by British Gas for the first six months of the year surely the time is now for another round of cuts.  While none of the country’s main energy suppliers seem […]

Communities to benefit from £8 million renewable heating fund

Community-based organisations can now apply for funding to install renewable heating systems such as heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal hot water under the Government’s £8 million renewable heating fund.  On Tuesday the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the launch of the community part of the Renewable Heat Incentive’s Renewable Heating Premium […]

Green Deal legislation receives House of Lords approval

On Monday the House of Lords approved the secondary legislation for the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), said the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in a statement.  By approving the framework underpinning the Green Deal another milestone has been passed leaving the Government’s revolutionary home insulation retrofit scheme on track […]

DECC figures show solar installations have dropped 54%

Figures published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) suggest that fewer solar photovoltaic panels are now being installed in the UK than they were last year before the government implemented savage cuts to solar subsidies. The DECC report shows that the weekly average of solar PV installations in April this year was […]

Energy efficiency trial proves Green Deal can work

Research by the Gentoo Group seems to suggest that the Green Deal is capable of meeting its full potential, after nearly 80% of residents who took part in a survey said they would be willing to pay a fee for undertaking energy efficient home improvements.  More than 1,200 people were quizzed about energy saving measures; […]

British Gas enjoys profitable six months with £352m pre-tax profit

British Gas is set to ruffle feathers this week when it announces a pre-tax profit of more than £350million for the first six months of the year. Despite the relatively mild winter, Britain’s biggest energy supplier managed to generate a half-year profit of £352million before tax. One reason why British Gas has enjoyed such a […]

Pre-holidaying habits of Brits reveals significant energy waste

One of Britain’s leading energy suppliers has carried out research that suggests more than 75 per cent of holidaymakers fail to adjust their central heating systems before they head to the airport. E.ON published the findings after commissioning OnePoll to quiz 2,000 Britons about their pre-holiday habits. According to the energy giant, 79 per cent […]

Substandard building work causes carbon monoxide leak

A Hertfordshire couple has criticised housing developer Taylor Wimpey after being exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Gerald and Doreen Lee bought their new-build home in Winthorpe Gardens, Borehamwood, just five years ago. Regrettably, Taylor Wimpey had neglected to install the correct flue for the central heating boiler, meaning that carbon monoxide leaked into […]

Lucky Leatherhead resident winner of Solar Guide’s latest prize draw

The winner of Solar Guide’s latest prize draw has been announced according to a Solar Guide press release.  Back in December 2011 Alan Beal from Leatherhead, Surrey approached Solar Guide with a view to sourcing quotes for a new solar PV installation. Fast forward seven months and a delighted Mr Beal has just been revealed […]

npower launches new central heating care offer

The dreary unseasonal weather of our so-called summer has prompted many householders across the country to turn up their heating according to new research by one of the UK’s largest energy providers, npower. During the summer months switching on the central heating would normally be unheard of. However it’s quite a different story this year […]