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Energy firm says 'why wait for Ed?' and offers fixed rates up to 2017

Energy supplier npower has said consumer's don't have to hope Labour win the next general election in order to fix their tariff prices until 2017. At last week's Labour party conference in Brighton, Ed Miliband said he would ensure energy prices are frozen for 20 months if he is... More >

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London council launches external wall insulation scheme

Hillingdon Council is to provide a large number of its tenants with external wall insulation to help them cut their bills and keep warm this winter. Entitled 'Warm and Cozy', the scheme is run in partnership with Dyson Energy Services and funded by energy suppliers and the government... More >

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5% of Brits have borrowed to pay energy bills

One in 20 people have had to borrow money to pay their energy bills, according to new research from the Debt Advisory Centre. Some five per cent of Brits (the equivalent of 2.5 million) have had to take out a loan or use a credit card in order to settle their gas, electricity and water bills. The... More >

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Greg Barker says households should be able to choose between 60,000 energy suppliers

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker has said he'd like to see British consumers have a choice between 60,000 energy suppliers instead of a market dominated by the current "Big Six". In response to Ed Miliband's promise to freeze energy tariffs for 20 months if Labour... More >

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NIA says cross-party agreements can lead to energy savings now

In a week that has been dominated by stories on the pros and cons of Labour's plans to freeze energy prices if they are elected to power in 2015, the National Insulation Association (NIA) says political parties should come together now to agree a new home insulation programme. Neil Marshall,... More >

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Labour will scrap the Green Deal if elected

Labour will scrap the coalition's Green Deal if it is voted into office in the 2015 general election. The initiative was launched earlier this year as a way of providing people with loans they can use to make their homes more energy efficient, such as installing insulation and/or updating... More >

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Soap can clean up the energy market

Experts at Salford University believe that homes can be insulated by using bars of soap. Researchers Dr Yusuf Arayici and Lee Read have been testing new ways to make keep homes warm without damaging the environment for some time. And they feel that soap offers the best alternative to insulation... More >

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Britain has one the best energy production sectors

The UK has one of the best systems for producing energy in the world. This is according to the World Energy Council, which puts the country level with the likes of Denmark, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, each of which have a AAA energy rating. Such a rating is awarded as a result of the... More >

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Rise in energy costs could a financial "nail in the coffin" for some homeowners

A rise in energy bills could be "the final nail in the coffin" for some people who are struggling to keep on top of household costs, the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has claimed. Despite making significant profits, it is believed that the UK's big six energy providers are gearing up... More >

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Miliband promises to freeze energy prices if Labour is elected

Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised to take action against profiteering energy companies if his party is elected to power in the 2015 election. Speaking at the Labour party conference in Brighton on Tuesday (September 24th), he stated that every home and business in the country would see their... More >

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Customers should be able to switch energy suppliers in just one day

Energy provider First Utility has said that households should be able to switch their gas and electricity supplier within one day rather than it taking weeks. The firm believes making it easier for the consumers to move between companies would lead to more competitive deals becoming... More >

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Gas consumption soars 65 per cent in one weekend

Consumption of gas in the UK rose sharply in a single weekend recently as the colder weather started to come. According energy provider npower, gas usage soared by 65 per cent on Saturday September 14th and Sunday the 15th. This past week has been too bad temperature wise, but a cold front is... More >

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British Gas likely to hike prices by 8%

British Gas is set to hike its tariff costs up by eight per cent in the next few weeks, according to reports. The energy giant, which has more 11 million customers, increased its prices by six per cent last November and recently announced profits of £356 million. British Gas has refused to... More >

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The New Part L and the Building Standards Review

 The revision to Building Regulations Part L will become live in April 2014.  These revised regulations will now require a further reduction in CO2 emissions (Target Emission Rate) of 6% from newly constructed domestic dwellings in England or a 9% reduction for commercial... More >

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Peterborough Council to offer 2,300 households free insulation

Peterborough Council has become the latest local authority to attempt to help residents cut their fuel bills by offering them access to insulation services. The council's Heataborough scheme will be aimed at around 2,300 households over the course of the next two years and offers cavity wall... More >

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Hillingdon Council launches insulation project

Hillingdon Council has launched a project to help residents to lower their energy bills by offering them external wall insulation. Named 'Warm and Cozy', the scheme is funded by energy companies and the government through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) initiative and is the first... More >

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Thermal Bridging Block for use under Parapets

Insulating beneath free-standing parapet walls has always been a problem because most insulation footing material is not stable enough to support a wall subject to the effects of high winds.  The PIR version of Marmox Thermoblock has undergone a testing programme to EN1052-1 which has shown... More >

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What are my insulation options?

As September passes by, the colder months are just around the corner so there is no better time to think about retaining your home's heat and getting insulation fitted than the present. According to a recent study by BBC Radio 5 Live, 38 per cent of Brits are worried about the cost of energy... More >

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Eight out of ten intend to go ahead with Green Deal work

According to a new government report, 81 per cent of householders how have been assessed for work under the Green Deal are planning to have at least one measure fitted. The Green Deal is a government-backed initiative which aims to give people access to funding in order to make their properties... More >

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Energy bills set to soar, insider tells the Mirror

Energy bills are set to rise by as much as £142 per a year within the next few weeks, an unnamed industry source has told the Daily Mirror. According to the insider, Britain's biggest energy providers are set to hike tariff charges by as much as ten per cent before the start of... More >

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NIA urges householders to consider insulation before winter

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is urging householders to insulate their properties in order to combat against rising energy costs before winter comes. The call comes after a recent survey from BBC Radio 5 found that 38 per cent of Brits are worried that the cost of gas and electricity... More >

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Southampton residents feel Green Deal work is costly and a hassle

A survey conducted in Southampton has found that three-quarters of residents want to make energy saving improvements to their homes, such as installing insulation, if the associated costs were more reasonable. The remaining 25 per cent stated that it is unlikely they will ever be able to carry out... More >

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Council tenants to receive free insulation

Some 74 tenants in the West Midlands are to receive free external wall insulation thanks to a partnership between Sandwell Council and Wates Living Space. A further 12 will also receive loft insulation as part of the scheme, which organisers hope will save each recipient as much as £519 per... More >

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Four in ten Brits fall to switch energy firms despite knowing of better deals

More than four in ten British householders make no effect to find a better deal for their energy despite knowing cheaper tariffs are available to them. This is according to a new report from price comparison service uSwitch which looked at the switching attitudes towards ten essential services,... More >

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Green Deal sign-ups increase by very small number

The government's Green Deal has seen a marginal rise in sign-ups, but is still failing to capture people's attention. Official figure published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that 132 households have now agreed to have work done, up from just 36 in June. However,... More >

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40% of Brits are worried about winter bills

Almost four in ten Brits are worried about the cost of their winter fuel bills, a new study has revealed. The survey, which was carried out by BBC Radio 5 Live and ComRes, found that 38 per cent are concerned about heating their homes when temperatures fall later this year. It also found that 63... More >

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Home efficiency grants offered to South Ayrshire residents

Residents in South Ayrshire are being given the opportunity to claim up to £1,200 in grants for green home improvements. Created by the Energy Saving Trust, the Green Homes Cashback scheme aims to give households the means to pay for efficiency measures such as insulation and new boilers. The... More >

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Doncaster council insulates 2,000 homes

Doncaster Council has installed new solid wall insulation in more than 2,000 homes over the course of the last year. The local authority says the work has helped residents to reduce their heating bills by as much as 30 to 40 per cent, saving them around £400 a year. On top of that, carbon... More >

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Environment secretary accuses shale gas critics of "scaremongering"

Environment secretary Owen Paterson has said Britain needs to "wake up" to the benefits of shale gas. The natural resource has been hailed by the government as a way to alter the UK's energy mix and lower bills, but it is controversial as it involves an extraction method known... More >

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Glasgow residents offered energy efficiency grants

People living in Glasgow are being offered grants from the Scottish government and the Energy Saving Trust to improve the efficiency of their homes. The scheme allows residents to apply for up to £1,200 in funding for work such as cavity wall and loft insulation and new boilers. It is open to... More >

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