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Village hall to fit insulation as part of refurbishment

Village hall in the Ribble Valley is set to be fitted with energy saving insulation as part of a £50,000 refurbishment project. Funding from the Lancashire Environment Fund and donations will enable Mellor Village Hall near Blackburn to receive a new roof, improved lighting and PV panels as... More >

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Green Deal funding increased

The government has announced it will be increasing the amount of money householders can borrow for property improvements under the Green Deal. Launched in January last year, the initiative allows people to raise finance towards the cost of energy-efficient projects, such as installing insulation... More >

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Houses of Parliament to be insulated with sheep's wool

Work to insulate the Houses of Parliament will begin next year. MPs have agreed to sheep's wool being added to the roof of the Palace of Westminster in a bid to make the 173-year-old building more energy efficient. Imaging testing by energy supplier npower recently revealed that the... More >

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Nearly 4.5 million Brits in fuel poverty

Almost 4.5 million households were living in fuel poverty during January, the latest MoneyMood Survey from Legal & General found. That equates to 22 per cent of the UK's population and is an increase of one per cent on the previous survey conducted in October 2013. However, the issue... More >

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Volunteers camp out to raise fuel poverty awareness

Over 150 people in Cumbria slept outside on Saturday night (February 15th) in order to raise awareness for the growing issue of fuel poverty. Organised by the Cumbria Community Foundation, the group camped out in the grounds of the Low Wood Bay Hotel in Windermere. It is believed that cold... More >

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Insulation could save families seven months of energy

Installing insulation could reduce annual energy bills by a third and effectively mean families pay nothing for the next seven months. This is according to the lobby group Energy Bill Revolution, whose study found that installing cavity wall, loft and/or external insulation has the potential to... More >

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Millionaire footballer given free insulation while pensioner misses out

National Energy Action is calling on the government to investigation failings with the Energy Company Obligation scheme due to a millionaire footballer allegedly receiving insulation work for free while a pensioner in the same area was left in an untreated home. The Daily Mirror reports that a... More >

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NIA appoints chair for its solid wall training group

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has appointed Gary Bundy as the new chairman of its Solid Wall Technical and Training Group. Mr Bundy is the current technical director of Sto Limited and has 15 years' experience in overseeing solid wall insulation projects. The group has been created... More >

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Bromsgrove insulation project gets the green light

An application to install external wall insulation to properties in six regions of Bromsgrove has been approved by the district's council. During a meeting held with the authority's planning committee on Monday (February 10th), a representative from Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht)... More >

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MP calls for cap on additional energy bill charges

Harlow MP Robert Halfon has taken his fight for a cap on the additional fees energy companies can levy on bills to the House of Commons. He told MPs that some firms are charging as much as £390 extra to customers who do not pay by direct debit and is calling for laws to be made which would... More >

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Better insulation will reduce bills and winter deaths, claims NIA

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has claimed the one only way to reduce winter deaths and curb rising bills is by improving the efficiency of the UK's housing stock. Last winter, almost 30,000 people perished due to cold-related illnesses, while many families had to choose between... More >

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Carbon taxes should be used for insulation projects, says campaign group

The UK should follow the lead of other European countries and use some of the money it collects in carbon taxes to insulate homes. This is the view of the campaign group Energy Bill Revolution, which says the government will pick up around £60 billion in such taxes over the course of the next... More >

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Seven in ten Londoners cutting back on energy

Almost seven in ten Londoners have cut back on heating this winter due to rising energy bills, a new study has found. The London Assembly Labour Group questioned more than 2,000 people and found that 68 per cent have used less power than normal this year, while 63 per cent of over-65s have switched... More >

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Fracking 'unlikely' to lower energy bills

Increased extraction of shale gas may not lead to lower energy bills, chancellor George Osborne has admitted. Environmental groups are against a move towards the power source because the process of getting it out of the ground (known as fracking) has previously been linked to tremors and... More >

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Labour blames energy prices for rise in hospital admissions

Rising energy costs has caused a sharp increase in the number of people being admitted into hospital with circulatory and respiratory problems. This is according to shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, who blamed the Conservative Party's inability to curb heating bills for a ten per... More >

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Consumers not impressed with energy price reductions

Just ten per cent of British consumers feel they will benefit from recent cuts to energy tariff costs. Following chancellor George Osborne's decision to cut green levies in his Autumn Statement, the majority of energy suppliers have lowered their costs, but the... More >

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Over two million children living in fuel poverty

More than two million children living in fuel poverty in England, according to a new research from the Energy Bill Revolution. The campaign group says the number of children "growing up cold" has increased by 225,000 in the past three years, a rise of 11 per cent. It attributes this... More >

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MP accuses energy firms of "ripping off" customers

Karl Turner, MP for Hull East, has accused energy companies of "ripping off customers" that chose to pay their bills by cash or cheque, the Hull Daily Mail reports. Speaking in front of the 180 backbench MPs, the Labour politician said not paying by direct debit is leading to an average... More >

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NIA urges Northern Irish residents to insulate

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is urging householders in Northern Ireland to protect their properties from heat loss as soon as possible. The call comes after a survey commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust found that the average energy bill in the country was 60 per... More >

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Three quarters of homes turned down heating to curb bills

Almost three quarters of British householders switched off their heating in order to save money at some point this winter, research from uSwitch has found. Some 73 per cent said they had curbed their energy used because they fear big bills, while 23 per cent of that number said cutting their... More >

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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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