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Archive for May, 2013

Report claims cavity wall industry suffering due to Green Deal

Raising doubts over the efficacy of the Coalition’s green policy, the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA) has claimed that installations of cavity wall insulation in the UK have decreased by 97 per cent since the launch of the Green Deal. Billed as the policy that would make the current government the ‘greenest of all’, the […]

British Gas wins prestigious charity award

British Gas has been honoured at the Business Charity Awards. The energy supplier was named Third Sector Business of the Year after stepping up support for its most vulnerable customers. Ian Peters, a Managing Director at British Gas, claimed the award highlights the extent to which the supplier is willing to go to help low-income […]

Government promises more help for green heating

The British Government has promised to help people make the switch to green heating by increasing the size of grants made available under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP). The grants were introduced to provide interim relief to households in the months leading up to the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The RHI […]

RHPP makes more money available for renewable heating products

New voucher values have been announced for homeowners installing renewable heating products as part of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme.  The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has made more money available as the Government ramps up its energy efficiency drive to encourage homeowners to make the switch to renewable forms of heating […]

Which? survey reveals property buyers not keen on Green Deal

A survey carried out by Which? has revealed that property buyers in the UK may be reluctant to purchase homes that are subject to finance provided under the Green Deal. Homeowners may therefore be required to settle the loans early if they want to move along the property ladder. The aim of the Green Deal, […]

Number of fuel poor households on the decline

We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the number of households in the UK classed as ‘fuel poor’ declined in 2011. The fuel poverty figures, published in the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s annual report, show a small fall from 2010 statistics, taking the number of families in fuel poverty down to their lowest […]

DECC reveals 27% rise in number of Green Deal Assessments

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has released the latest Green Deal figures for April, revealing that the Government scheme is picking up pace, having seen more than 9,500 assessments lodged in that month alone. The number of Green Deal assessments taking place between March and April has increased by 27%. It’s a healthy sign that […]

Nationwide smart meter roll out postponed

The British Government has announced that the nationwide roll-out of smart meters will not begin until the third quarter of 2015, one year behind schedule. The postponement came into effect after Baroness Verma, Junior Minister at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), insisted that more time was necessary to ensure the roll-out’s success. […]

Exceptionally cold weather blammed for increased energy usage

The parent company of British Gas has revealed that domestic gas and electricity usage in the UK increased substantially between January and April 2013 compared to the same period last year.  Centrica announced that electricity usage among UK households increased by 3 per cent, whilst demand for gas rose by 18 per cent. The company […]

Is remote technology the key to energy bill savings?

Research carried out by Future Foundation has revealed that UK households could shave up to £300 million off their annual energy bills by 2030. Working in association with British Gas, the ‘consumer trends and insight enterprise’ believes remote technology lies at the heart of future savings. Statistics on domestic energy wastage in the UK are […]