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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 […]

GDHIF to open again in November with £100m

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 Department of Energy and Climate Change has today confirmed that its […]

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 […]

Up to £7,600 cashback with energy efficiency home improvements

The Government is turning up the heat on it’s revolutionary energy efficiency scheme, the Green Deal, by now offering homeowners up to £7,600 cashback to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.  The launch of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will see more money made available to encourage people to take up the […]

Claim up to £4000 with Green Deal cashback scheme

Changes to the Government’s Green Deal cashback scheme will see homeowners with solid walls offered cashbacks of up to £4,000 to carry out solid wall insulation. By increasing the amount available the Government is hoping more households will be encouraged to carry out energy saving home improvements to lower energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.  […]

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 In light of Britain’s cold harsh winters, it’s an ill advised choice. Certainly putting […]

Age UK and OFTEC’s guide to staying warm

Age UK and OFTEC have teamed up to produce a guide to staying warm this winter, specifically for the approximately one million elderly people living in rural areas who rely on costly oil fired heating to heat their homes.   Bursting with important and useful advice, the guide features tips on how to stay warm […]

Green levies shakeup brings energy bills down

Following the Government’s shakeup of green levies announced last month, both British Gas and Scottish Power have cut or plan to cut customers dual fuel energy bills, with others to follow as we progress further into the new year.  On January 1st the country’s biggest energy provider, British Gas, implemented a 3.2% price cut following […]