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Eight in ten may have to ration energy use this winter

Almost eight in ten consumers (78 per cent) are worried about energy prices and feel they may have to ration their use of electronics and heating this winter. This is according to research carried out by price comparison website uSwitch in the wake of recent price hikes from four of the so-called... More >

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LGA calls for energy companies to team up with councils

The Local Government Association (LGA) is urging energy companies to work more closely with councils so that the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme can be rolled out more effectively. The scheme, which was designed to provide vulnerable people with energy saving measures such as insulation, is... More >

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Energy firms more unpopular than banks

Energy suppliers are more unpopular amongst British consumers than banks, a survey has found. Conducted by Populsus, it found that the big six energy firms received a positive rating of just 28.2 out of 100. In contrast, banks scored 39 despite many people still recovering from the effects... More >

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ECO money going to wrong homes, claims Think Tank

Most of the money raised from green taxes is going to the wrong homes, a leading think tank has stated. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IRPP) claims that 80 per cent of the £540 million raised though the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is being given to people who are not in fuel... More >

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Even Miliband feels the energy pinch

Labour leader Ed Miliband has revealed that he switched energy supplier last year because his winter bill was much larger than he expected. The politician, who recently promised to freeze tariff prices if his party is elected to power in 2015, changed from E.ON to First Utility, the UK's... More >

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Cold weather plan advises Brits on keeping warm this winter

Public Health England has published a plan which urges people to keep their homes at sensible temperatures this winter. Produced in an attempt to prevent thousands of deaths during icy temperatures, the plan suggests that living rooms should kept at around 21 degrees C and the remainder of the home... More >

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Woeful levels of insulation is making fuel poverty worse, claims group

British homes are far less efficient then ones in mainland Europe because of "woeful" levels of insulation. This is according to members of the Energy Bill Revolution, an alliance set up to try and fight fuel poverty. In a letter to the prime minister David Cameron, the group, which... More >

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Committee asks energy firms to justify their profits

A committee of MPs has asked the UK's biggest energy suppliers to justify their profits. SSE, British Gas and npower have all announced hikes to their tariff charges in the past few weeks, leaving millions of consumers on the brink of energy poverty. Now the Energy and Climate Change committee... More >

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Quarter of Brits fear energy shortages within five years

A quarter of Brits believe that the UK will not be able to generate enough energy to meet demand within the next five years. A survey over 2,000 people from the Energy Saving Trust (EST) to mark Energy Saving Week, found that 26 per cent think keeping up supplies of power will get more difficult... More >

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Insulation features heavily in EST's energy saving tips

Cavity wall, loft and solid wall insulation have all been named amongst the Energy Saving Trust's (EST) top ten tips for reducing power consumption and bills. The list, produced as part of Energy Saving Week 2013, states that cavity wall insulation can save families around £140 each... More >

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SNP would scrap green subsidies if elected

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has said it will scrap energy subsidies if it is elected to govern an independent Scotland. Such subsidies have been blamed by energy companies as part of the reason they have had to push up tariff changes recently. Earlier this week, npower announced that it will... More >

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npower increases energy prices by 10.4%

Another week has brought another energy company pushing up its tariff charges. This time it is npower, who have announced dual-fuel bill increases or 10.4 per cent from December 1st. That surpasses the increases of 8.2 per cent and 9.2 per cent announced by SSE and British Gas respectively in the... More >

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Risk of blackouts is very real, says report

Energy blackouts are a real risk in the next two years and not just an attempt to scaremonger by suppliers, a new report has stated. Research from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) found that while blackouts are still unlikely, they could happen if financial incentives are not given to... More >

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British Gas announces energy price hike

British Gas has followed SSE's lead and announced that it will be increasing its energy prices from next month. The firm will push up tariff charges by 9.2 per cent from November 23rd in a move that will affect almost eight million customers. SSE's prices will rise by 8.2 per cent a... More >

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Cost of heating royal homes soars

Regular households are not the only ones having to deal with higher than expected energy costs this winter. New research from the Royal Estate shows that the Queen's residences are also getting more expensive to heat. Over the last 12 months, usage of gas at Buckingham Palace has increased by... More >

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Green taxes will double, DECC report states

Taxes paid on energy bills to cover green initiatives will double in the next few years, costing households an extra £300 per annum. This is according to a new report from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) which shows that green policies already make up 17 per cent of the... More >

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Insulation provides the best way of combating energy price rises, says NIA

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is urging households to consider installing insulation as a way of offsetting the rise in price of gas and electricity. The body's suggestion comes after energy supplier SSE announced that it will be increasing its tariff charges by 8.2 per cent from... More >

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Energy secretary says government is powerless against some price rises

Ed Davey, the energy secretary, has claimed that the coalition is powerless to prevent energy prices from rising. At a time when many British families are concerned over the cost of heating their homes this winter, it was hoped that the government may give a little reassurance. But Mr Davey said... More >

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Some families will have to choose between "heating and eating" this winter

Financial journalist Martin Lewis has said that energy price hikes will leave many families having to choose between "heating and eating" this winter. Yesterday (October 10th), SSE announced that its tariff costs will rise by 8.2 per cent on November 15th and it is likely that the... More >

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2014 Part L, 2015 Section 6 and no more Code for Sustainable Homes

  April 2014 the delayed amendment to the 2010 England and Wales building regulations – Part L will come into force. These tighter demands will require a 6% improvement on the Target Emissions Rate for domestic properties and a 9% improvement for non-domestic buildings. Specific U... More >

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SSE to increase energy prices by 8.2%

SSE has announced that it will be increasing its gas and electricity prices by 8.2 per cent on November 15th. A price hike has been expected for some time, with many speculating which of the country's 'Big Six' providers would make the move first. The increase will take the average SSE... More >

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Boiler trouble is a major worry to households this winter

More than two in ten households have suffered problems with their boilers in the past year, research from price comparison website uSwitch.com has found. On top of that, 37 per cent of people do not have any boiler cover because they feel it is too costly. That said, 34 per cent stated they are... More >

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Energy helpline launched by Scottish government

The Scottish government has launched an energy hotline which consumers can use to get advice on keeping warm this winter as well as apply for funding towards efficiency measures such as insulation. Nicola Sturgeon, deputy first minister, is to launch an awareness campaign in order to... More >

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Energy firms accept its time to adapt or die

Most large energy providers feel they will have to change the way they operate because they way in which people consumer power is changing. A new survey carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that 94 per cent of 53 leading executives in the UK's energy sector believe new methods of... More >

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Risk of blackouts at its highest level since 2007

The risk of energy blackouts this winter is at its highest level for more than six years. Richard Smith, head of energy strategy and policy for the National Grid, has said the network's electricity margin could fall as low as five per cent if temperatures fall and demand soars in the next few... More >

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NIA announces details for its annual conference

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has announced that its Annual Conference will take place at the Holiday Inn in Stratford upon Avon on Thursday December 5th. The conference, which will have around 300 delegates, is an opportunity for people working in the insulation sector to voice their... More >

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Just 2% of Brits switched energy providers in Q2

Despite concerns over high energy bills, figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that just two per cent of consumers switched to a cheaper tariff in the second quarter of this year. The Daily Mail believes that fears of mis-selling cases has made people wary of... More >

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500 Lincolnshire homes to receive free insulation

More than 500 households in North Lincolnshire are set to benefit from free external wall insulation this winter thanks to a £4.7 million improvement programme. Funded by the housing association North Lincolnshire Homes, the first phase got under way this week on the Manor Farm Estate in... More >

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E.ON scraps tariff for elderly people

Thousands of older people could experience an increase in their energy bills after E.ON announced that it will be removing its StayWarm tariff, which offered fixed rates to people over 60. The Germany-owned company said new rules from Ofgem limiting the number of tariffs it can offer means tough... More >

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Chris Grayling hails shale gas as solution for keeping down bills

Chris Grayling, Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell, has said that shale gas offers the best way of keeping energy bills low, not tariff freezes. The gas is highly controversial as extracting it involves a process known as fracking, which has been linked to earthquakes and other environmental... More >

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