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Ebbsfleet to build 15,000 homes

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that a new development containing 15,000 homes will be built in Ebbsfleet. Described as a garden city, the town was chosen as the location for such a project because of its infrastructure and the housing pressure it has been under. Mr Osborne stated the fact... More >

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Energy cuts could save UK economy £7 billion

The government has announced that businesses in the UK will save up to £7 billion through cuts in energy bills. In the budget, chancellor George Osborne revealed that there will be a freeze on the Carbon Price Floor (CPF), a tax that has been increasing prices. Firms that use a lot of energy... More >

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North-east homes set to miss out on insulation

A number of homes in the north-east of England are set to miss out on insulation due to government cutbacks. David Cameron announced in December that energy firms wouldn't be forced to provide cost-cutting services to those living in fuel poverty. Now, plans to insulate around 8,000 homes in... More >

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Sunderland to arrange collective switching arrangement

Councillors in Sunderland have pledged to enter into a collective switching arrangement in an attempt to lower fuel prices. The move comes after it emerged that 130 pensioners in the city died over the winter period because they couldn't afford to adequately heat their homes, the Sunderland... More >

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UK 'needs 245,000 new homes per year'

Home Group has stated that the government should increase the number of houses being built by almost a quarter of a million per year. The housing association, which is the fifth-biggest affordable property developer in the UK, has urged chancellor George Osborne to include additional money for... More >

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Social homes to lose insulation benefits

Around 300,000 social homes in the UK will lose out on previously-planned home insulation under a new government proposal. Energy companies were required to invest a certain amount into solid-wall insulation in order to help those who have difficulty paying their bills, Inside Housing... More >

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Energy bills are 'still too confusing'

A new study has revealed that just over a third of consumers will choose the cheapest energy deal because tariffs are too confusing. Which? surveyed 500 people to analyse how difficult it was to understand bills presented in a new format being introduced by regulator Ofgem. But it found that 65 per... More >

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Over £1.5 million to be invested into Scottish homes

The Scottish government is attempting to tackle fuel poverty by investing in solid wall insulation. As part of the scheme, households in Dumfries and Galloway will receive around £1.5 million so they can make their homes warmer, according to the Galloway Gazette. Solid wall insulation, loft... More >

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Over 2,000 children in Eddisbury live in fuel poverty

More than 2,000 Eddisbury children could be living in fuel poverty, new data has revealed. The Children's Society has conducted research that found 2,240 kids to be in families that do not qualify for a Warm Home Discount (WHD), which provides households with an annual £135 tax rebate,... More >

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New housing developments in Frome and Glenboig

Mendrip District Council has given permission for a major housing development to begin at Wallbridge in Frome. The planning committee voted in favour of the proposal that will see 450 new homes being built, as well as a primary and pre-school, Frome Standard has revealed. It will be based at... More >

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Thermal insulations 'could use wood foam'

An environmentally-friendly and efficient alternative to petrochemical plastics insulation materials could come in the form of wood foam, experts claim.   Wood foam could be used as an alternative to plastics when it comes to thermal insulation, it has been suggested.   According to... More >

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Labour claims 50,000 households to go uninsulated

Plans to insulate more than 50,000 homes through 49 different schemes have been scrapped by the energy companies. The government reached an agreement with the big six suppliers in December to reduce household bills by an average of £50. But the Labour Party has revealed through the Freedom of... More >

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Nottingham MP to debate insulation legislation

An MP from Nottingham is set to debate on legislation that allowed energy companies to pull out of insulation schemes. The Clifton Greener Housing project, which would benefit 4,500 homes, will be axed by British Gas when its contract ends in April, the Nottingham Post reports. But Lilian Greenwood... More >

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Nottingham to set up its own energy company

Nottingham City Council has announced that it is to set up an energy company to compete with the big six. Approximately £1 million will be invested into the country's first council-run energy firm, which could save 177,000 households in the area up to £120 per year, the Nottingham... More >

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Energy firms 'should not profit from Ukraine crisis'

Ed Davey has urged gas companies not to increase their prices as a result of the conflict occurring in Ukraine at the moment. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC One, the energy secretary revealed consumers should be protected against any increases in how much they pay, as gas tends to be... More >

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Insulation 'could cut energy bills by a third'

A campaign group has suggested that energy bills in Yorkshire could be cut by up to a third with effective insulation. According to the Energy Bill Revolution, as much as £636 could be saved by households typically described as having a badly-insulated home. That equates to an entire heating... More >

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Big businesses need help cutting energy costs

A report by Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Northern Ireland has stated that big businesses need help reducing their energy costs. Large companies in the region currently pay more than all but one other European country in electricity bills, according to the BBC. This is due to the way... More >

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UK gas imports to reach 70% of supply

The amount of gas imported by the UK will account for 70 per cent of its overall supply by 2020, according to Sam Laidlaw. Speaking an at international energy conference yesterday (March 5th), the chief executive of Centrica said political uncertainty had caused investments in locally-generated... More >

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Energy prices doubled in ten years

New data has revealed that spending on household energy rose by 55 per cent between 2002 and 2012, despite a 17 per cent fall in consumption. As of two years ago, the average price of heating oil was £106 per month, compared to just £69 a decade before. In 2002, the cost of energy... More >

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SFHA 'cautiously optimistic' about heating insulation funding

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has spoken of its concerns with regards to the new energy fund. While it welcomes the fact that £60 million is to be invested into supporting efficiency in Scotland, it remains cautious as to the recipients of the money, according to 24... More >

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Energy bills will continue to rise, says minister

Energy bills are likely to continue rising because the UK needs to raise more than £100 billion to invest in greener supplies for the future. This is the verdict of energy and climate minister Greg Barker. Asked why the energy regulator Ofgem cannot impose an inflation-linked cap on price... More >

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One in ten Solihull residents is in fuel poverty

More than one in ten Solihull residents are struggling to keep warm due to energy prices, it has been revealed. Research from the charity National Energy Action (NEA) found that 11 per cent of people living in the West Midlands town are in fuel poverty. This is used to defined by them paying out... More >

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Energy firms face fines if they do not support smaller suppliers

Energy firms have been warned that they will face large penalties unless they find ways in which to trade more fairly with smaller suppliers. Ofgem wants to create a market that is more transparent and competitive. This includes encouraging new companies to start-up, but its concerned that many of... More >

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Extra money need for those in fuel poverty, says NI pensioner's parliament

The NI Executive is being urged to obtain extra funds from the Treasury in order to help vulnerable people with energy bills. Michael Monaghan, chairman of Northern Ireland's pensioners' parliament, said many older people are finding it extremely difficult to keep warm because the cost of... More >

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Energy customers forced to wait on hold for up to 48 minutes

Existing customers have to wait on hold 2,800 times longer than prospective ones when calling energy companies. This is according to a study carried out by the Daily Mirror, which found many new clients can get straight through to an adviser while existing ones can wait up to 48... More >

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Green Deal numbers still below par

The latest figures for the government's Green Deal are still far behind original hopes. A report published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that just 746 properties had completed work by the end of last month. That's a paltry figure considering that... More >

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45,000 Sheffield residents in fuel poverty

Almost 45,000 households in Sheffield are living in fuel poverty, figures released as part of Energy Bill Revolution's recent Cold Homes Week show. The lobby group has been campaigning for the government to invest in insulation projects so winter deaths can be reduced and people can be more... More >

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Phil Spencer to advise south west residents on insulation

Location, Location, Location presenter Phil Spencer is working with npower to raise awareness of insulation in the south west. According to a recent study by the energy supplier, two-thirds of people living in the region feel their home is not efficient and more than half (59 per cent) say they... More >

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British insulaton levels are 'woeful'

"Woeful levels" of insulation mean many Brits are living in less efficient properties than their European counterparts. This is the view of the Energy Bill Revolution, an alliance set up to try and fight fuel poverty in the UK. Recently, the body issued a sternly worded letter to prime... More >

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NIA launches SWI support service

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has launched a new technical support service to companies involved in solid wall insulation (SWI) work. In a move to increase standards, advisers will be on hand to help available to external and internal insulation fitters, architects, builders,... More >

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