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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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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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