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Archive for July, 2013

July heatwave helps solar PV prove its worth

Britain’s stock of solar photovoltaic panels produced more electricity in July than during any other month, according to sources within the solar industry and official government figures. July 2013 has been one of the hottest, driest and sunniest on record. Added to the fact that solar panel installations in the UK now number more than 450,000, […]

Is door to door selling the way to save the Green Deal?

British households may not have responded to the Green Deal with as much enthusiasm as the government had expected, but Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker has devised a cunning plan to stimulate interest in the scheme. And it involves door-to-door sales. Barker seems to believe that cold calling will almost […]

Survey highlights impact of water usage on energy bills

A report published by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) has drawn attention to one of the less obvious causes of domestic energy wastage. According to the report, using too much hot water can increase energy bills by a considerable amount each year. But the EST found that households rarely consider the effects of washing dishes […]

CO poisoning a danger to holidaying Brits warns Gas Safe Register

With most of Britain currently experiencing unusually high temperatures, Brits enjoying their summer holidays are being warned about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. More than 29 million Brits are due to holiday close to home this year, leading to large numbers of people staying in caravans and tents or renting holiday cottages and boats. […]

Calls for transparency about cost of green policies on energy bills

One of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers in Britain has called on the government to come clean about the extent to which green policies contribute to the rising cost of gas and electricity bills. RWE npower predicts that annual dual-fuel energy bills will rise by as much as £240 by the end of the decade. […]

Government confirms Renewable Heat Incentive tariffs for green heating

Households with renewable heat technologies such as solar thermal systems, heat pumps and biomass boilers will be pleased to hear that after nearly four years the Government has finally confirmed the level of support available under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) when the scheme launches in Spring 2014.  The Government hopes that the RHI will […]

DECC sets new fuel poverty definition

A new definition of fuel poverty has been set by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) according to a recent press release. It now means a household will be classed as fuel poor if, after setting energy costs aside, their annual income is below 60% of the median and their energy costs are […]

Energy firms dragging their heels over simplified billing

Although Ofgem has called on energy suppliers to simplify gas and electricity tariffs for domestic customers, research carried out by uSwitch has revealed that suppliers currently offer no fewer than 45 types of standing charge. In its Retail Market Review, Ofgem targeted standing charges as part of a wider attack on the industry. The regulator […]

Green Deal take up ‘worryingly slow’

Almost half a year after its launch, the Coalition’s flagship environmental policy and the product of the ‘greenest ever’ government has yet to produce a single “live” plan. That means not even one household in the UK has applied for finance under the Green Deal, had work carried out and organised repayments with an energy […]

Survey reveals 70% of households have been overcharged for energy

A survey carried out by uSwitch has revealed that the majority of households have been charged too much for energy in the past twelve months. Approximately 70 per cent of respondents claimed to have been overcharged by energy suppliers at least once in the past year, whilst 33 per cent experienced overcharging on multiple occasions. […]