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Insulation fittings fell by 90% in 2013

The number of homes installing insulation fell by more than 90 per cent in 2013, new government figures show. A publication from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows that just 110,000 properties were fitted with loft insulation in the 12 months up to the end of October. In the... More >

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Energy price freezes would "damage Britain" claims Cuadrilla chairman

Lord Browne, the chairman of oil and gas exploration company Cuadrilla, has said an attempt to freeze energy prices by Labour leader Ed Miliband would "damage" Britain. Mr Miliband has promised to force energy companies to restrict price increases for a period of 20 months if his party is... More >

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Third of people have to raid savings in order to pay bills

A third of people have had to dip into their savings in order to pay their utility bills this year, according to a poll from MoneySuperMarket. The price comparison website polled more than 1,500 people and found 28 per cent have had to raid their piggy bank in order to cover the cost of living. In... More >

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npower pays to vulnerable customers due to mis-selling

Energy giant npower has agreed to pay £3.5 million to vulnerable customers following an investigation into its sales practices by the regulator Ofgem. The firm was found to have breached rules on how it marketed its tariffs to would-be customers over the phone and on their doorsteps. The... More >

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Government should spend more not less on insulation, says FPAG

The Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (FPAG) is calling for more money to be spent on energy efficiency schemes. Following the chancellor's Autumn Statement earlier this month, funding to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) was drastically cut. However, Derek Lickorish, chairman of the FPAG, believes... More >

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Power blackouts are not likely this Christmas

There is absolutely no chance of the UK being hit with energy shortages over Christmas, a National Grid chief has stated. Nigel Williams, the transmission network's head of electricity systems, said there will be a surge in demand for power during the festive period but it will not cause any... More >

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Help a friend to switch this Christmas, says uSwitch

Price comparison website uSwitch.com says people can spread a little festive cheer by helping friends and relatives to switch energy suppliers. Resent research from the firm shows that eight out of ten households expect to ration their energy use this winter, but the number switching tariffs is at... More >

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Energy price freeze petition gets support in South Yorkshire

A petition called for energy prices to be frozen has been signed by almost 300 people in South Yorkshire. Launched by John Healey, MP for Wentworth & Dearne, the campaign has stalls on streets in Goldthorpe and Wickersley. On top of signing the petition, visitors have also been given free... More >

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Berliners pay most for electricity in Europe

Rising energy prices are affecting consumers right across the continent, according to a new study from Vaasaett. The energy think tank questioned people in 23 European cities and found that Berlin residents pay out the most for electricity, while those living in the Finnish capital... More >

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Church is cosy for Christmas thanks to insulation work

A church in Bromley Cross, Lancashire will be able to offer services in a warm and cosy environment this Christmas thanks to it receiving £23,000 worth of energy efficiency improvements. Cornerstone Church, which has been open since 1984, has been kitted out with cavity wall insulation and a... More >

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Solid wall insulation project could cut bills by 60%

New research being carried out in Northern Ireland could lead to homes with solid walls becoming more energy efficient. The Solid Wall Innovative Insulation and Monitoring Processes using Lean Energy Efficient Retrofit (S-IMPLER) project has been created to help people living in 6.9 metre solid... More >

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Residents' joy after insulation u-turn

Residents of an estate in North Yorkshire have been informed that they will receive free insulation despite them previously being turned down for work. Recently, many homes on the Leadmill estate in Catterick Garrison were told they were not eligible for the energy efficient improvements because... More >

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Quarter of Scottish homes in fuel poverty

More than a quarter of homes in Scotland are currently in fuel poverty, according to a new study. Fuel poverty occurs when a householder pays out more than ten per cent of the salary on gas and electricity bills. According to the Scottish House Condition Survey, 27 per cent of the country now finds... More >

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Stoke district was worst level of fuel poverty in the UK

An area in Stoke-on-Trent has the worst levels of fuel poverty in the UK, it has been claimed. Figures obtained by the Stoke Sentinel from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that over half of properties in the Shelton district are struggling the cost of heating their homes. Of... More >

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Millions may have to borrow to pay winter fuel bills

Up to 2.5 million people will have to borrow money in order to pay for their fuel bills this winter, according to new research. Circle Housing found that in excess of seven million will take out a loan to cover expenses this Christmas and a third of that number will be borrowing just to keep their... More >

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120 Oxford homes to benefit from free insulation

Some 120 local authority homes in Oxford are to be fitted with free insulation under a new scheme worth £500,000. The Oxford Mail reports that the city's council is likely to sign off the funding for the project as it hopes to improve local energy efficiency. Around 80 of the properties... More >

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ECO hottest topic at NIA Annual Conference

As expected, the government's decision to lower the requirements of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme was a hot topic at the National Insulation Association's (NIA) Annual Conference on Thursday (December 5th). Opened by NIA chair Tony Hardiman MBE, the event attracted 300... More >

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Energy firms and the government should work together, claims EDF chief

Vincent de Rivaz, head of energy giant EDF, has said that suppliers and the government must work together to ensure bills are kept affordable. On the Andrew Marr show this Sunday (December 8th), he said that it is important that energy firms and the coalition do not become enemies. His call comes... More >

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MP urges government to rethink proposals for ECO

An MP from Nottingham is urging the government to do a u-turn on its decision to reduce the number of homes benefiting from the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme each year. In last week's Autumn Statement, chancellor George Osborne announced plans to reduce the green levies applied to... More >

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OECD criticises Labour's energy price freeze plans

Labour's pledge to freeze energy prices for two years if elected in 2015 has been criticised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Speaking to the BBC's Panorama show , Angel Gurria, secretary general of the OECE, said that the move would lead to investors... More >

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Chancellor cuts green levies in Autumn Statement

As expected, chancellor George Osborne has cut green levies on energy bills in his Autumn Statement. The move should reduce energy costs for the average householder by £50 a year, but is sure to anger green groups and insulation providers. In the past week, the National Insulation... More >

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500 householders to receive free insulation

Around 500 properties in the Midlands will be a little more cosy this winter thanks to them receiving free solid wall insulation. Trent and Dove Housing, the largest social housing provider in Burton-on-Trent, is set to begin work on the properties later this month. Funded as part of E.ON's... More >

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NIA responds to coalition cut of ECO funding

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has raised concerns over the cuts to green levies announced by the government this week. In his Autumn Statement on Thursday (December 5th), chancellor Gerorge Osborne confirmed that he will be slashing the levies attached to energy bills. While the move... More >

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E.ON announces price rise from January

E.ON has confirmed that it will be increasing its energy prices by as much as 4.3 per cent from January 18th. The decision comes after similar rises by the other big six energy providers and will affect around four million households. The company said the size of the hike takes into account the... More >

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NIA welcomes Labour's plans for the energy market

The Labour party's ten-point plan for resetting the energy market has been welcomed by the National Insulation Association (NIA). The party's Powering Britain: One nation document set out ways in which the market could be restricted during the 20 months of its proposed energy price... More >

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Quarter of Brits don't even look at their energy bills

Over a quarter of householders do not know if they are paying too much for their energy because they don't even open their bills. This is according to a study from Santander which found that despite 95 per cent of respondents saying they're looking to reduce their bills, 26 per cent have no... More >

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British Gas accused of colluding with government on insulation target reduction

Energy giant British Gas has come under fire for allegedly lobbying the government to cut insulation schemes for some of the coldest properties in the UK. Rival firms claim that 10,000 jobs have been put at risk by the supplier's actions and the future of the whole solid-wall insulation... More >

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Insulation firms want EU target for energy efficiency raising

More than $335 billion (£205 billion) could be saved if the European Union set a target of lowering energy use by 30 per cent between now and 2030. This is according to a group of insulation companies and green bodies, which also claim that the move would also create over a million... More >

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Households to save £50 due to stretching of green initiatives

A move to offset rising green costs will save the average energy bill payer £50 a year, the coalition has said. Announced by chancellor George Osborne, the new measures will mean the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which provides grants to vulnerable people for home improvement work,... More >

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Ed Davey: "Scotland can expect higher energy bills if it becomes independent"

Energy secretary Ed Davey has said Scottish householders can expect to see their energy bills rise if the country becomes independent following next year's referendum. Speaking to the Financial Times following the Scottish government's publication of a white paper laying out its plans,... More >

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