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Homes four degrees warmer than in 1970

The average British homes is four degrees warmer than in 1970, a new study has found. According to the UK Housing Energy Fact File, property temperatures were around 13.7 centigrade four decades ago, but today they are in the region of 17.7 degrees. This is largely due to improvements in... More >

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npower boss's own homes are poor insulated

npower chief executive Paul Massara has been accused of hypocrisy following his claims that high bills are caused by people living in draughty homes. Andy Smale from independent consultancy Expert Energy visited Mr Massara's two properties and found that both are wasting energy. According to... More >

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Swindon residents urged to apply for insulation grants

Elderly and vulnerable people in Swindon are being urged to apply for a new loft and cavity wall insulation scheme by the town's council. The local authority is looking to reduce fuel poverty in the area and has funding available for people aged over 70 or on income or disability benefit. It is... More >

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150 council homes to receive insulation work

More than 150 council-owned properties in Stamford, Lincolnshire, are set to be kitted out with external insulation. The £1.3 million project is already underway with work currently taking place on 70 homes in Radcliffe Road, New Cross Road, Cliff Road ad Cliff Crescent, the Stamford Mercury... More >

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Myths mean Scots overpay for energy

Scottish householders collectively spend £369 million more than they need to on energy bills each year because they believe a number of myths. This is according to the a survey from the Energy Saving Trust which found almost a third of people north of the border wrongly... More >

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Half of Brits cutting spending to pay for energy

More than half of British adults feel they will have to cut their weekly spending to keep abreast of rising household bills, a study from Citizens Advice has revealed. Some 59 per cent of respondents said they would cut back on food shopping in order to pay for other outgoings, while 66 per cent... More >

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Plug pulled on £1m Leeds insulation project

A £1 million insulation scheme in Leeds has been axed by the city's council. Some 150 properties were due to be kitted out with solid wall insulation in the Harehills district, but changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) now mean that the project is no longer feasible. Constructed... More >

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Shadow energy minister to visit area frozen out of insulation project

Shadow energy minister Jonathan Reynolds is due to visit the Clifton district of Nottingham to see how the withdrawal of a free insulation scheme has affected residents. Around 5,000 properties were due to receive work thanks to Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding from British... More >

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Charity launches 'kettle boxes' for people who cannot afford the cost of cooking

Many people visiting food banks are being given special easy-to-prepare goods because they cannot afford to use energy in order to heat up meals. Known as 'kettle boxes', they contain products which can be made using hot water such as instant soup, instant mash potato and Pot... More >

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CAB offers free advice on lowering energy bills

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has launched a project which aims to help people lower their energy bills. As part of Big Energy Saving Week, which runs between January 27th and 31st,  CAB will be visiting supermarkets and shopping centres to help people find out more about ways they can... More >

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npower boss blames poor insulation for high bills

Paul Massara, the chief executive of energy firm npower, has claimed that people think their bills are high because they have failed to insulate their home properly. He stated that too many people live in "old and draughty" houses which waste so much power. His comments come despite the... More >

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Wealthy London district has the UK's lowest levels of insulation

Homes are Chelsea and Kensington are the least energy efficient on average, according to a new study from npower. Published in the same week that chief executive Paul Massara blamed poor insulation for high bills, properties in the affluent London borough were found to leak the most heat. In... More >

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Criminal gangs tampering energy meters for as little as £10

Some householders are so desperate to lower their energy bills that they are turning to criminal gangs who "hotwire" supplies and tamper with metres. This is according to an investigation by the BBC's Inside Out programme. It found that the gangs are charging as little as... More >

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Bonus scheme will further 'water down' ECO, warns UKBC

Four of the 'Big Six' energy providers could benefit from a bonus scheme put in place as part of the government's Energy Company Obligation (ECO). Figures released this week  by the regulator Ofgem show that SSE, Scottish Power, EDF and EON are on the verge of reaching 25 per cent... More >

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80% of West Midlands residents worry about energy prices

More than eight in ten householders in the West Midlands are concerned about the rising cost of energy, a new survey has revealed. Turn2us, a national charity which helps people with monetary worries, found that 83 per cent of the region's residents believe bills are affecting their... More >

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npower remains the UK's most complained about energy firm

New research has found that npower is the UK's most complained about energy supplier. A report from Consumer Futures shows that the German-owned company received 253,000 expressions of dissatisfaction in the three months between July and September 2013. That's eight times higher... More >

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E.ON to increase its prices this weekend

E.ON customers will see their energy bills rise from tomorrow (Saturday January 17). It is the last of the big six providers to raise its tariff charges and the increase reflects the government's decision to cut green subsidies in last month's Autumn Statement. Standard direct debit... More >

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NHS set to pay for some patient's insulation in Oldham

NHS Oldham's clinical commission group (CCG) is set to pay off the debts of some patients and ensure they receive insulation in their properties, Pulse Today reports. According to a report, the group will spent around £200,000 this year helping around 1,000 people... More >

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Insulation scheme to be offered to 350 private residents in Bromsgrove

Around 350 private homeowners in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, have been notified that they could be eligible for external wall insulation at a significantly reduced cost. Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (BDHT) has applied for planning permission on six roads in the town, but the... More >

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MP criticises energy companies for charging non-direct debit customers

Robert Halfron, MP for Harlow, is calling for all energy customers to be treated the same regardless of how they pay their bills. Currently, most suppliers charge more to people who do not pay by direct debit. Mr Halfron believes the UK's most vulnerable people are the worst affected, with some... More >

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British Gas' withdrawal from Notts insulation project causes anger

The move was originally due to be funded by the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) programme, with 1,200 residents in council-owned properties and over 700 in private dwellings signed up. Funding towards the ECO through green subsidies was cut by chancellor George Osborne in his... More >

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Insulating homes will reduce fuel poverty and create jobs, says Green Party

Ensuring that all UK homes are properly insulated would lower people's bills and create thousands of new jobs, the leader of the Green Party has said. Speaking on ITV 1's Daybreak, Natalie Bennett criticised the government's plans to increase shale gas exploration and said it should... More >

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Many Oxfordshire residents struggling with energy bills

Hundreds of vulnerable people across Oxfordshire are having a difficult time this winter due to rising energy bills. This is according to Rachel Boland, information and advice service manager at the county's branch of Age UK. Speaking to the Oxford Mail, she said that many people are struggling... More >

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Bromsgrove insulation work angers excluded residents

A free external insulation scheme has cause a neighbour division in one area of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Planning permission has been applied for the work by Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (BDHT), but residents who are not eligible for the improvements are unhappy because they feel it will... More >

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NIA issues ten facts about insulation work

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has released a list of ten insulation facts which can help make a home more efficient and keep rising energy bills in check. Energy costs are a hot topic for discussion at present, with figures from the campaign group Energy Bill Revolution suggesting that... More >

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Consumers still feeling the pinch despite energy price cuts

Recent decisions to revise tariff charges following the government's review of green levies in December has done little to lighten the burden on struggling households, according to new research. Figures released on Wednesday (January 8th) by the price comparison website uSwitch.com show that... More >

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Scottish Power confirms price reduction

Scottish Power has confirmed that it will be reducing its tariff charges following green levy reductions announced by the government in December's Autumn Statement. Customers on the company's standard dual fuel tariff will see their annual bill fall by £54 from January 31st. This... More >

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Consultancy rubbishes Labour's overcharging claims

Labour's claim that energy companies have been overcharging customers has been criticised by Cornwall Energy. The independent consultancy has conducted its own study and found that rather than charging too much, the so-called "big six" suppliers have actually saved the average... More >

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Councillor urges residents to join energy switching scheme

A councillor in York is urging the city's residents to join an energy switching scheme designed to help them reduce their bills. The move comes after official figures showed that the levels of fuel poverty have doubled in the historic North Yorkshire city since 2008, The Press reports. A... More >

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Free insulation available to some Haringey residents

Residents in receipt of certain benefits could receive free insulation and central heating systems thanks to a new scheme launched in the London district of Haringey. The pilot project has been launched by Haringey Council and London Warm Zones in order to help people reduce their winter energy... More >

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