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npower price hikes starts on Saturday

Energy giant npower will increase its prices by 10.4 per cent this Saturday (November 30th). The hike, which is the third implemented by one of the 'big six' energy providers this winter, will the average customer's bill up from £1,352 a year to £1,491. The company, which... More >

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UKGBC reacts angrily to claims that ECO implementation could be slowed

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) believes the government will be making a great mistake if decides to slow down progression of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. According to reports, the coalition intends to keep ECO in place but will allow energy suppliers double the previous... More >

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Birmingham council aims to cut city's energy bills

Birmingham City Council has pledged to help lower carbon emissions and energy bills in its metropolitan area. Dubbed 'The Birmingham Carbon Roadmap', the plans have been formulated by universities, community groups, business and green organisations as a way to helping the city meet its... More >

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Scrapping ECO will have "dire consequences" says NIA

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has said there will be dire consequences for the health and wellbeing of thousands of people if the government scraps the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme in next week's Autumn Statement. With energy prices rising, prime minister David Cameron has... More >

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Number of cold-related deaths rose sharply last year

There was a sharp rising in the number of people dying in England and Wales due winter conditions last year, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show. During 2012/13 there were around 31,100 deaths from the cold, a rise of 29 per cent on the previous year. Overall, last winter was... More >

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Energy company profits up by 77% per customer

The big six energy providers have seen their profits increase by the equivalent of 77 per cent per customer in the past year, according to a study from the regulator Ofgem. In 2011 the average profit made from each household stood at £30, but last year that had risen to £53. The figures... More >

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2013 Part L encourages designers to reduce heat loss at thermal bridges

2013 Part L encourages designers to reduce heat loss at thermal bridges. Last week saw all the changes for the English Building Regulations – Part L.  The target emission rates are increased by 6% for housing and 9% for commercial buildings.  In Wales, the reduction for housing... More >

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Malmesbury residents offered free insulation

Residents across a number Malmesbury housing estates are set to get a little more cosy this winter thanks to them being given free insulation. Properties in Corston, Lea, Great Somerford, Brinkworth and Hobbes Close are getting work done as part of a £400,000 initiative to improve energy... More >

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Energy efficiency scheme launched in Cambridgeshire

People living in Cambridgeshire are being urged to look at loans and grants as a way of cutting their energy bills as reducing carbon emissions. The Action of Energy Cambridgeshire initiative has been launched by a number of local authorities in the country and encourages residents to consider the... More >

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Energy firms make £650m from billing mistakes

Energy companies have raked in more than £650 million in the past year by overcharging customers, it has been claimed. A survey carried out by Consumer Intelligence and commissioned by the Keep Me Posted group found that 28 per cent of households have fallen foul of billing errors, with the... More >

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Cold-related deaths are a national disgrace, says campaigner

A leading campaigner has said it is a "national disgrace" that a number of people will die this winter just because they cannot afford to turn their heating or live in homes without suitable insulation. Speaking as representatives from a lobby groups and academics met to discuss the... More >

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Green Deal take up still slow despite figures surpassing 1,000

The Green Deal began to gather pace in October as more than a 100 households signed up for the scheme. It's still way off the targets the government set when it launched the energy efficiency programme earlier this year, but is a remarkable improvement from where figures stood during the... More >

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Residents unhappy about being refused free insulation

Residents on an estate in North Yorkshire has reacted angrily after they were denied the opportunity to receive free insulation despite many of the neighbours having work carried out. A number of properties on the Leadmill estate in Catterick Garrison have been give external insulation, but around... More >

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10,000 jobs could go if coalition cut green levies

Over 10,000 people would lose their jobs if the government cut green levies on energy bills, the UK Green Building Council has warned. Due to growing concerns over the rising cost of gas and electricity, prime minister David Cameron has said he is keen to slash the levies and make bills more... More >

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npower is the UK's most complained about energy supplier

npower has been named as the most complained about energy provider by the watchdog Consumer Futures. The company, which is increasing its tariff charges by 9.1 per cent from December , received 202 complaints per 100,000 customers between April and June. That's a rate which is five times... More >

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Energy prices rise eight times faster than wages

Energy prices are rising at a rate that is eight times greater than wages, according to research from Citizens Advice. The independent charities network, which advices people with debt problems as well as those party to civil disputes, found that since October 2010 the big six energy suppliers have... More >

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SSE increases dividend to shareholders after increasing prices

Energy supplier SSE has announced that it will be increasing the dividend it pays to its shareholders, despite it blaming recent price hikes on green subsidies and wholesale markets. The firm made a pre-tax profit of £354 million during the six months up to the end of September, prompting a... More >

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ECO scheme is vital says NIA chief

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has urged the government to retain the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme despite it making up part of the "green taxes" blamed by energy suppliers for price rises. Pointing to a recent report from the National Audit Office that suggested two... More >

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Energy companies well behind with ECO commitments

Energy companies have completed as little as two per cent of the efficiency measures they are required to as part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, according to a report by the Daily Telegraph. This is despite the majority of suppliers blaming recent tariff price increases on... More >

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Inverness residents offered energy saving measures

Householders in Inverness are being offered the chance to receive energy saving insulation under the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland. Jointly operated by the Scottish government, the Highland Council and energy firm E.ON, the scheme is similar is aimed at improving the efficiency of... More >

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EDF to increase energy prices from January

EDF has announced that it will be increasing its gas and electricity prices by an average of 9.1 per cent from January 3rd 2014. It is the fifth energy supplier to hike its tariff charges in recent weeks, but unlike its competitors it did not blame the move on wholesale energy costs. Instead, it... More >

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Britain's poorest hit hard by energy price hikes

The biggest energy price hikes will hit 2.6 million of the UK's poorest households, it has been claimed. Derek Lickorish, chair of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, said poorer people tend to rely more on electricity for their heating and will experience a greater spike because energy... More >

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Northern Irish residents urged to apply for insulation scheme

Residents in one part of Northern Ireland are being urged to apply for free insulation. Power NI, the country's largest energy retailer, is offering people the chance to receive free insulation worth up to £800 and Patrick Clarke, Alliance Down District councillor, is advising those... More >

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Insulation features in Independent's energy saving tips

Cavity wall and loft insulation have features amongst a number of energy saving tips published by the Independent. The cost of heating is the highest it's ever been so the newspaper has produced a list of moves which could help consumers enjoy a more affordable winter. "One third of... More >

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Hull residents to be given free insulation

Hundreds of older properties in Hull are to be given free insulation as part of a scheme designed to fight fuel poverty. The Hull Daily Mail reports that four streets in the west of the Yorkshire city will receive external wall insulation as well as new boundary walls and path improvements. A... More >

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Action needs to ensure vulnerable people avoid winter blues, says charity

Decisive action is needed to ensure that vulnerable people in Scotland are given access to energy saving measures and can avoid fuel poverty this winter, the head of one charity has said. Norman Kerr, director of Energy Action Scotland, told delegates at the charity's 30th anniversary... More >

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SSE boss says further price rises and energy shortages are possible

The director of policy and research at one of the big six energy providers has stated that prices could go up further this winter due to power shortages. Keith MacLean of SSE described recent claims from the National Grid and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as... More >

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Energy secretary vows to speed up switching time

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has announced a number of reforms which he hopes will increase competition in the market and allow consumers to switch between suppliers more easily. One of the issues he brought up will speaking in Commons was the time it takes to move between on energy company and... More >

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Heating oil costs have doubled in the past five years

People who use oil to heat their homes have seen their costs double in the last five years, the Daily Telegraph reports. Around 1.5 million households use oil for their heating and the price rises they have had to incur far outweigh those experienced by gas and electricity customers. Figures... More >

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Prunella Scales to give talk on insulation in Dorking

Veteran actress Prunella Scales will give a free talk on the benefits of insulation to residents of Dorking later this month. The Fawlty Towers star, 81, will provide information on the Keep Warm, Save Money scheme run by Transition Dorking at the Green Room Theatre on Thursday November... More >

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