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Archive for February, 2013

Cold weather boosts British Gas profits

The leading energy supplier in the UK, British Gas, has reported an increase in profits for 2012. The firm generated pre-tax profits of  £606 million, an increase of 11 per cent from the previous year. Centrica, the owner of British Gas, announced a similar rise in operating profit, which increased by 14 per cent between […]

British Gas to create 1,000 green jobs through ECO

British Gas, the leading energy supplier in the UK, has announced plans to create 1,000 green-sector jobs under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). Spread over the next three years, the new roles will be occupied entirely by young people who are currently unemployed. In other words, British Gas will carry out its obligations under ECO […]

Team behind Boiler Guide launch Boiler Grants website

Boiler Grants ECO scheme

A newly launched website is on a mission to help struggling energy consumers check to see if they are eligible to install a new boiler for free as part of a Government boiler grants scheme.   The team behind Boiler Guide, the UK’s leading online resource of boiler and central heating installers has launched a new […]

Consumers to pay high price for UK’s reliance on imported gas

Ofgem has warned that energy bills in the UK are expected to increase every year for the foreseeable future. The energy regulator made its prediction after the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) warned ministers that the country would be weakened by higher gas prices. In an article published by the Daily Telegraph, Alistair Buchanan, the […]

Does the Green Deal need more effective advertising?

Is the Green Deal failing to generate interest among homeowners, or is the scheme not being advertised effectively? According to Philip Sellwood, the Chief Executive of Energy Saving Trust (EST), the British Government must target the right homes at the right times to ensure the initiative’s success. Mr Sellwood suggested that households cannot always differentiate […]

UK gas imports more expensive than exports

Analysis of Britain’s gas exports and imports has revealed that energy users in the UK are paying for imported gas at a higher rate than exported gas is being sold to foreign countries. Carried out by Greenpeace and the Guardian, the analysis shows that gas imports to the UK are often more costly than gas […]

SSE to compensate customers for shoddy service

SSE, one of Britain’s so-called Big Six energy firms, has offered to compensate customers as a matter of course if they receive substandard service. Keen to demonstrate its commitment to customer satisfaction at a time of record-high gas and electricity tariffs, the supplier has promised to reduce the energy bills of customers who do not […]

Energy Saving Trust report says landlords are key to Green Deal success

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has published a report that claims landlords hold the key to a successful Green Deal. As the Coalition’s flagship environmental policy, the Green Deal aims to reduce carbon emissions on a shoestring. Households will not receive grants or discounts, but they will be given the opportunity to take out finance […]

Charity launches campaign to raise fuel poverty awareness

A fuel poverty charity has launched a campaign today to raise awareness of the growing number of UK households struggling to meet the costs of heating their homes.   For more than 25 years the National Energy Action (NEA) has been campaigning for affordable warmth for vulnerable low income households and the respected charity has […]