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Archive for November, 2012

65% rise in average energy bills over last five years

New research from popular comparison website uSwitch.com has revealed energy bills have risen by a whopping 65% over the last five years. Five years ago we were paying around £227 a year less to heat our homes than we are now.   With heating and hot water accounting for almost 60% of the cost of […]

94,000 E.ON customers to be refunded after being overcharged

One of the leading energy suppliers in the UK has promised to reimburse thousands of customers who were overcharged between 2008 and 2011. E.ON referred the matter to industry regulator Ofgem earlier this month. The energy firm overcharged around 94,000 customers who switched suppliers ahead of four major price rises. The mistake was made when […]

Energy efficiency cut backs effect funding for fuel poor households

The Coalition has moved yet further from its goal to become the ‘greenest-ever’ government after cutting funding for energy-saving initiatives. At a time when energy bills are set to rise by around  100 a year, ministers have sought to limit funds for the poorest households. In 2009, just over  1.9 billion was spent on government […]

New Government scheme helps vulnerable people stay warm

Helping society’s most vulnerable people to avoid falling into fuel poverty and stay warm is the focus of a new Government initiative which has seen a £500,000 grant awarded to the Foundations Independent Living Trust.  The ‘Foundations Warm Homes Service’ scheme is part of an initiative from the Department of Health to reduce the number of […]

New technology converts solar energy into steam

As developers plan to convert hundreds of acres of British farmland into sites for solar photovoltaic panels, researchers in the US have published a paper on how solar power can be used at the smallest scales to produce steam for domestic and commercial applications. In South Molton, North Devon, planning permission for an 18-hectare solar […]

Cheapest energy tariffs for all promises new Government proposals

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has today announced plans to overhaul the energy market in an effort to honour a promise made by Prime Minister David Cameron. Back in October the Prime Minister promised to introduce a system that would ensure energy consumers were given the cheapest tariffs. Critics jumped on Mr Cameron’s comments, arguing that […]

Prices rise for British Gas customers today

One of the nation’s biggest energy providers is to raise its gas and electricity bills today in a move that will see average annual bills for dual fuel customers increase by £80. As first reported back in October, a 6% increase in British Gas energy prices comes in to force from today (16 November), and […]

SSE announce substantial profits as gas price fixing claims continue

SSE has announced substantial half-year profits just weeks after raising energy prices for domestic customers. The energy firm, one of the so-called ‘Big Six’ to operate in the UK, this week announced that it had made a profit of  397.5 million between April and September a rise of more than 38 per cent on the […]

DECC launches measures to reduce energy consumption

Keen to demonstrate its commitment to the environment, the British Government has announced the launch of a series of measures that aim to cut energy consumption in the UK.  Published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Energy Efficiency Strategy predicts that energy consumption in the UK could be reduced by 11 […]

Campaign launched to raise awareness about heat loss

Heat loss from homes, which equates to unnecessary wasted energy and a waste of money, comes under the spotlight today with the launch of the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council’s nationwide Hole in the Roof campaign.  Set to raise awareness of the benefits to be gained from having an energy efficient home, the Heating and […]