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Archive for October, 2012

EDF raises energy prices by 10.8%

French-owned EDF Energy, one of the so-called Big Six energy suppliers in the UK, has become the latest firm in the group to raise electricity and gas central heating prices. Only E.ON has elected not to increase domestic energy tariffs this year after promising a price freeze on energy prices until 2013. EDF Energy’s price […]

What have we learnt from Big Energy Saving Week?

As Big Energy Saving Week draws to a close on Saturday, what lessons have consumers learned about saving energy? According to Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), which organised the initiative, Big Energy Saving Week is all about informing domestic energy consumers of ways in which they can reduce their reliance on electricity and gas central heating. […]

Ofgem publishes proposals to reform energy market

Ofgem has published plans to compel energy suppliers to notify their customers of the cheapest tariffs after Prime Minister David Cameron promised to reform the energy industry. During Prime Minister’s Questions last week, Cameron said: “I can announce that we will be legislating so that energy companies have to give the lowest tariff to their […]

Energy firms must provide lowest tariffs for customers

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to reform the domestic energy market in the UK by compelling energy suppliers to provide their customers with the lowest tariff. The PM addressed the issue during Prime Minister’s Questions earlier this week, but hours after making his comment the promise had been diluted by government officials. Cameron said: […]

Brighton eco-house constructed from waste to appear on Grand Designs

An architect based in Brighton is aiming to construct a building using only waste materials. Duncan Baker-Brown, a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton who co-founded BBM Sustainable Design, believes sufficient waste materials from the construction industry are available to construct the building, which would be the first of its kind in the UK. […]

Npower electricity bills to climb by 9.1%

Following the news yesterday that British Gas is to raise its energy prices next month, npower has today confirmed its customers will also face hikes in their gas and electricity prices.   SSE was the first of the ‘Big Six’ energy providers to subject its customers to a price rise, and from Monday (15 October) […]

British Gas energy bills to rise by 6% in November

As if we didn’t need any further reminder that winter is just around the corner, the country’s biggest energy provider has just announced plans to raise their gas and electricity prices.  Late yesterday the news broke that British Gas customers will see their gas and electricity bills rise by 6% on November 16; a price […]

E.ON to make homes smarter and greener with new partnership

E.ON has announced a partnership with technology firm GreenWave Reality that should facilitate the development of ‘smart’ homes. The roll-out of energy smart meters across the UK has long been an objective of government, which aims to ensure that the devices are installed in more than 30 million homes in the country by 2020. Although […]

Which? concerned about Green Deal ‘dodgy sales practices’

Which? has called on the government to honour its promise to insulate households from Green Deal mis-selling. The consumer watchdog is concerned that “dodgy sales practices” might cause problems for millions of consumers. Faced with the formidable task of selling the Green Deal to the public, however, the government may turn a blind eye to […]

Brits not sufficiently aware of energy efficiency benefits

Green Alliance published a report last week that claims people in the UK have not been made sufficiently aware of the benefits of energy efficiency. The environmental think-tank added that changes to product policy will shape the future of energy usage in Britain over the next eight years, with households saving an average of £158 […]