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The top 11 smart thermostats of 2015

Picture of Hive programmable thermostat

With heating bills accounting for around 60% of the average UK homeowners energy spend, it’s no wonder so many of us are trying to take better control of our usage. Enter the programmable smart thermostat, one of the most popular gadgets on the home technology market. Not only do smart thermostats allow you to control […]

Warm Home Discount scheme open to more people

Pensioners can apply for the Warm Home Discount

More people than ever before are set to take advantage of the Warm Home Discount this year. The Government scheme was introduced in 2011 and provides eligible pensioners and vulnerable households with a one-off discount of up to £140 off their electricity bills. An extra 200,000 people will benefit from the payment, which is applied […]

Heating myths to blame for increases in energy bills

Big Energy Saving Week

As if heating bills aren’t expensive enough. A survey carried out for the Big Energy Saving Week (20-24th October) has highlighted how a lack of knowledge and understanding about how to heat our homes efficiently results in unnecessarily high energy bills.   The Department of Energy and Climate Change has teamed up with the Energy […]

Latest ECO and Green Deal figures

New boiler replacement

Please note: On 23 July 2015 the government announced that it has ceased funding for the Green Deal. This means there will be no further funding to the Green Deal Finance Company and no more releases of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. The latest statistical information for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation […]

UK households pay three times the cost of wholesale gas

Wondering what your energy supplier pays for wholesale gas? Probably about three times less than what they charge you, it’s been revealed.  UK households are having to pay up to three times more for  wholesale gas compared to what it’s costing energy firms. The news is made even more shocking considering the fact that the […]

Brits risk their health because of high energy bills

What comes first. Your health or your heating? That’s the dilemma facing increasing numbers of homeowners in Britain who are choosing to stay cold rather than pay expensive bills to heat their homes, according to a new survey commissioned by energyhelpline.com. In light of Britain’s cold harsh winters, it’s an ill advised choice. Certainly putting […]

Npower customers hit by 11.1% gas price rise

Over 3 million npower customers are to see their gas bills rise by a massive 11.1%, after the energy giant today announced plans to hike their energy prices from 1 December. An unwelcome early Christmas present to say the least. Two of the so-called ‘Big Six’ energy providers, SSE and British Gas have already announced […]

Invest in a new boiler to reduce household bills

The recent increase in the personal tax allowance left cash-strapped families jumping for joy, but high household bills and sluggish wage rises have counteracted this financial ray of light to uphold the incessant pressure on domestic budgets. According to Asda’s Income Tracker, discretionary income on the average UK household stood at £157 in May 2013, […]

Suppliers to operate under new standards

Energy regulator Ofgem has published details of a new code of conduct for suppliers.  Under the new system, suppliers such as British Gas and E.ON must adhere to strict rules on how they market their products and communicate with customers. The rules, which have been designed to simplify tariffs and improve transparency, are scheduled to […]

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 […]