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South-west 'struggling with fuel poverty'

The south-west of England is struggling with rising fuel poverty figures, according to new statistics. Approximately 217,000 properties in the area are finding it difficult to pay their gas and electricity bills, the Plymouth Herald reports. More than one in ten households were classified as being... More >

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Union pushes for national energy efficiency programme

The union UNISON has called for a large-scale, national programme to help bring the UK's homes up to an acceptable energy-efficient standard. After releasing a report on the issue at its Annual Energy Conference in Brighton on Monday (June 16th), the organisation has proposed that the... More >

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London mayor calls for focus on SWI

Regional energy efficiency targets and an increased push to encourage consumers to install solid wall insulation (SWI) are two measures that London mayor Boris Johnson has revealed he wants to see in place by 2015. The politician was responding to a consultation on the future of the Energy Company... More >

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SWIGA: Homeowners should act now

The Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) is urging households to take advantage of the government's Green Deal to make their properties more energy efficient. Last week (June 9th), ministers introduced a new raft of measures to provide financial support for those looking to install... More >

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Energy efficiency to thank for fuel poverty reduction

The number of households that are facing fuel poverty has fallen, with energy-efficient measures such as solid wall insulation (SWI) being attributed for this decrease. Recently-released statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change revealed how 2.28 million households were struggling... More >

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Green Deal changes welcomed by industry

Organisations hoping to improve the energy efficiency of the UK's homes have welcomed the latest round of changes to the Green Deal. Introduced on Monday (June 9th), the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund will offer many of those who take advantage of the scheme up to £1,000 in cashback if... More >

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Energy efficiency 'cheaper to achieve than previously thought'

Landlords are being advised that upgrading their properties to the minimum energy standards may be much cheaper than they expect. Privately-rented homes are required to possess an Energy Performance Certificate rating of at least E by April 2018, otherwise they will not legally be able to let the... More >

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Funding now available for solid wall insulation

Householders across the UK can now apply for financial support to help them to install solid wall insulation (SWI) in their properties. The government launched the new terms of its Green Deal Home Improvement Fund earlier this week (June 9th), with people able to claim up to £6,000 towards... More >

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Foodbank demand surges as more families struggle with fuel poverty

Expensive heating bills have had a "crippling" effect on how well families can feed their children, according to a newspaper report. The Mirror has been speaking to volunteers at foodbanks across the country off the back of the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary 'Breadline Kids',... More >

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Citizens Advice backs plans for smarter energy use

The Citizens Advice service has added its voice to calls to make the energy industry more transparent, describing the current relationship between consumers and suppliers as a "crisis of trust". Yesterday (June 9th), research by the Smart Meter Central Delivery Body revealed that... More >

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41% worry about their energy bills, study finds

More than two-fifths (41 per cent) of UK households worry they are paying over the odds for their gas and electricity consumption, according to a new report. A survey carried out by the Smart Meter Central Delivery Body (SMCDB) found complicated tariffs and a general lack of understanding was... More >

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Banks 'failing to support energy efficiency ambitions'

Organisations looking to invest in energy efficiency measures aren't getting the support they need from their banks, according to new research. The study, conducted by Siemens Industry and the Energy Institute, surveyed 300 energy specialists to gauge what the experiences of small and... More >

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West Midlands identifies fuel poverty hotspots

More than 15 per cent of residents in Birminhgam are reported to be living in fuel poverty, according to new figures. Stats released by the government have shown how some families are struggling to cope with rising gas and electricity bills, forcing them to either go without heating in the colder... More >

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'More action needed' to tackle London fuel poverty

More than one in ten residents in London have been classified as living in poor housing by a leading UK charity. Figures released by the BRE trust 15 per cent of those living in the capital would see a significant improvement to their health if investment was made in the properties they currently... More >

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New EU energy directive comes into force

All 28 member states of the European Union (EU) will be required to comply with a new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) from today (June 5th). If they follow the guidelines laid out by the EED, it's hoped all EU nations will fall in line to enable the bloc to hit the energy-saving targets it is... More >

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'Major investment' needed to meet energy needs by 2035

An estimated $48 trillion (£28.72 trillion) is needed to ensure the world's energy demands continue to be met by 2035, according to a new report. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed the significant amount as part of its World Energy Outlook programme. It means that the... More >

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Fuel-poor Scottish homes to benefit from £60 funding pot

The Scottish government is creating a £60 million fund that will go towards making households living in fuel poverty warmer. It's hoped the cash can be used to help install measures like loft, cavity and solid wall insulation, which will make properties more energy efficient. The... More >

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Local council receives £4.8m boost to battle fuel poverty

A Shropshire council has taken full advantage of the government's Green Deal to secure nearly £5 million to help improve the energy efficiency of local residents' homes. The £4.8 million sum will be used to subsidise or fully pay for the installation of measures like cavity wall... More >

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Manchester housing association pushes for energy efficient homes

A housing authority in Manchester has added its voice to a campaign for warmer homes in the region. Northwards Housing, which is responsible for around 13,500 properties in the north of the city, has signed up to the Energy Bill Revolution campaign. The initiative is hoping to convince the... More >

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'Majority of rural Scottish pensioners' living in fuel poverty

More than half of those aged over 60 in rural parts of Scotland are struggling to pay for their gas and electricity, according to new research. Herald Scotland reports almost 60 per cent of people in this age group live in fuel poverty, compared with 45 per cent of those who are based in towns and... More >

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Inefficient energy practices 'putting firms at financial risk'

Businesses are being warned they need to brush up on their energy efficiency, or risk running themselves into financial ruin. International certification body BM TRADA has suggested that organisations need to change their stance on green policies, with increasing gas and electricity bills, and... More >

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Councils urged to share best energy efficiency practices

Local council officials have gathered in London to try to improve the way they tackle improving their region's energy efficiency. The event - organised by Danish provider DONG Energy - is the first of two workshops being held as part of the company's sponsorship of the LGC Awards'... More >

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Energy efficiency being used to help unemployed people

A new initiative is working to support and train unemployed people to help communities become more aware of how they can reduce their energy bills. The Achieve project was originally introduced in Germany around five years ago as a way of relieving the pressure on the state, which is responsible... More >

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npower meets energy efficiency targets early

With many power companies calling on their customers to take steps to reduce their energy consumption through measures like smart meters and installing wall insulation, one provider appears to be leading by example. npower has been sharing its best practice advice with consumers after revealing it... More >

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EU considers 2030 energy targets

New targets for energy efficiency could be put in place in the European Union (EU), with member states expected to reach them by 2030. According to Business Green, the European Commission (EC) is considering introducing the new aims to boost the region's energy security, with an influencing... More >

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Green Deals 'on the up'

The rate of energy-efficient home improvements being completed as a result of financial backing from the government's Green Deal scheme is increasing, according to the latest figures. A number of measures are available to households wanting to reduce the amount of heat escaping their properties... More >

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Technology encouraging households to 'get smarter with energy'

A household's energy bill could potentially be based around whether its consumption of gas electricity takes place during on or off-peak hours. That's according The Economist, which is reporting volunteers are currently testing a new tariff that works by increasing the price of power when... More >

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FSB: Small businesses struggling with energy costs

The energy market is "unfair" and suppliers don't care about the needs of small enterprises, according to the findings of new research. Around 1,400 members of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) were quizzed on their views regarding how they pay their gas and electricity... More >

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Energy prices 'can fluctuate depending on location'

Many families across the UK are paying more for the gas and electricity than they need to simply because of where they live, a new survey has found. The Daily Mail reports some customers were paying more than others despite them both being on the same tariff, with energy firms claiming it costs... More >

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UK 'losing out on £7.6bn in energy-saving opportunities'

UK households are failing to take advantage of a number of measures to lower their energy bills, resulting in a loss of approximately £7.6 billion, according to a new report. Research carried out by the industry regulator Ofgem has revealed those who have never switched their supplier could... More >

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