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Cold-related deaths are a national disgrace, says campaigner

A leading campaigner has said it is a "national disgrace" that a number of people will die this winter just because they cannot afford to turn their heating or live in homes without suitable insulation. Speaking as representatives from a lobby groups and academics met to discuss the... More >

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Green Deal take up still slow despite figures surpassing 1,000

The Green Deal began to gather pace in October as more than a 100 households signed up for the scheme. It's still way off the targets the government set when it launched the energy efficiency programme earlier this year, but is a remarkable improvement from where figures stood during the... More >

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Residents unhappy about being refused free insulation

Residents on an estate in North Yorkshire has reacted angrily after they were denied the opportunity to receive free insulation despite many of the neighbours having work carried out. A number of properties on the Leadmill estate in Catterick Garrison have been give external insulation, but around... More >

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10,000 jobs could go if coalition cut green levies

Over 10,000 people would lose their jobs if the government cut green levies on energy bills, the UK Green Building Council has warned. Due to growing concerns over the rising cost of gas and electricity, prime minister David Cameron has said he is keen to slash the levies and make bills more... More >

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npower is the UK's most complained about energy supplier

npower has been named as the most complained about energy provider by the watchdog Consumer Futures. The company, which is increasing its tariff charges by 9.1 per cent from December , received 202 complaints per 100,000 customers between April and June. That's a rate which is five times... More >

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Energy prices rise eight times faster than wages

Energy prices are rising at a rate that is eight times greater than wages, according to research from Citizens Advice. The independent charities network, which advices people with debt problems as well as those party to civil disputes, found that since October 2010 the big six energy suppliers have... More >

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SSE increases dividend to shareholders after increasing prices

Energy supplier SSE has announced that it will be increasing the dividend it pays to its shareholders, despite it blaming recent price hikes on green subsidies and wholesale markets. The firm made a pre-tax profit of £354 million during the six months up to the end of September, prompting a... More >

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ECO scheme is vital says NIA chief

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has urged the government to retain the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme despite it making up part of the "green taxes" blamed by energy suppliers for price rises. Pointing to a recent report from the National Audit Office that suggested two... More >

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Energy companies well behind with ECO commitments

Energy companies have completed as little as two per cent of the efficiency measures they are required to as part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, according to a report by the Daily Telegraph. This is despite the majority of suppliers blaming recent tariff price increases on... More >

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Inverness residents offered energy saving measures

Householders in Inverness are being offered the chance to receive energy saving insulation under the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland. Jointly operated by the Scottish government, the Highland Council and energy firm E.ON, the scheme is similar is aimed at improving the efficiency of... More >

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EDF to increase energy prices from January

EDF has announced that it will be increasing its gas and electricity prices by an average of 9.1 per cent from January 3rd 2014. It is the fifth energy supplier to hike its tariff charges in recent weeks, but unlike its competitors it did not blame the move on wholesale energy costs. Instead, it... More >

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Britain's poorest hit hard by energy price hikes

The biggest energy price hikes will hit 2.6 million of the UK's poorest households, it has been claimed. Derek Lickorish, chair of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, said poorer people tend to rely more on electricity for their heating and will experience a greater spike because energy... More >

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Northern Irish residents urged to apply for insulation scheme

Residents in one part of Northern Ireland are being urged to apply for free insulation. Power NI, the country's largest energy retailer, is offering people the chance to receive free insulation worth up to £800 and Patrick Clarke, Alliance Down District councillor, is advising those... More >

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Insulation features in Independent's energy saving tips

Cavity wall and loft insulation have features amongst a number of energy saving tips published by the Independent. The cost of heating is the highest it's ever been so the newspaper has produced a list of moves which could help consumers enjoy a more affordable winter. "One third of... More >

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Hull residents to be given free insulation

Hundreds of older properties in Hull are to be given free insulation as part of a scheme designed to fight fuel poverty. The Hull Daily Mail reports that four streets in the west of the Yorkshire city will receive external wall insulation as well as new boundary walls and path improvements. A... More >

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Action needs to ensure vulnerable people avoid winter blues, says charity

Decisive action is needed to ensure that vulnerable people in Scotland are given access to energy saving measures and can avoid fuel poverty this winter, the head of one charity has said. Norman Kerr, director of Energy Action Scotland, told delegates at the charity's 30th anniversary... More >

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SSE boss says further price rises and energy shortages are possible

The director of policy and research at one of the big six energy providers has stated that prices could go up further this winter due to power shortages. Keith MacLean of SSE described recent claims from the National Grid and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as... More >

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Energy secretary vows to speed up switching time

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has announced a number of reforms which he hopes will increase competition in the market and allow consumers to switch between suppliers more easily. One of the issues he brought up will speaking in Commons was the time it takes to move between on energy company and... More >

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Heating oil costs have doubled in the past five years

People who use oil to heat their homes have seen their costs double in the last five years, the Daily Telegraph reports. Around 1.5 million households use oil for their heating and the price rises they have had to incur far outweigh those experienced by gas and electricity customers. Figures... More >

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Prunella Scales to give talk on insulation in Dorking

Veteran actress Prunella Scales will give a free talk on the benefits of insulation to residents of Dorking later this month. The Fawlty Towers star, 81, will provide information on the Keep Warm, Save Money scheme run by Transition Dorking at the Green Room Theatre on Thursday November... More >

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E.ON boss calls for investigation into energy market

Tony Cocker, chief executive of E.ON, has called on the government to launch a full-scale investigation into the competitiveness of the energy market. His call, which has been made in the form of a letter to prime minister David Cameron, comes in the wake of this week's four-hour Energy Select... More >

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Eight in ten may have to ration energy use this winter

Almost eight in ten consumers (78 per cent) are worried about energy prices and feel they may have to ration their use of electronics and heating this winter. This is according to research carried out by price comparison website uSwitch in the wake of recent price hikes from four of the so-called... More >

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LGA calls for energy companies to team up with councils

The Local Government Association (LGA) is urging energy companies to work more closely with councils so that the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme can be rolled out more effectively. The scheme, which was designed to provide vulnerable people with energy saving measures such as insulation, is... More >

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Energy firms more unpopular than banks

Energy suppliers are more unpopular amongst British consumers than banks, a survey has found. Conducted by Populsus, it found that the big six energy firms received a positive rating of just 28.2 out of 100. In contrast, banks scored 39 despite many people still recovering from the effects... More >

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ECO money going to wrong homes, claims Think Tank

Most of the money raised from green taxes is going to the wrong homes, a leading think tank has stated. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IRPP) claims that 80 per cent of the £540 million raised though the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is being given to people who are not in fuel... More >

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Even Miliband feels the energy pinch

Labour leader Ed Miliband has revealed that he switched energy supplier last year because his winter bill was much larger than he expected. The politician, who recently promised to freeze tariff prices if his party is elected to power in 2015, changed from E.ON to First Utility, the UK's... More >

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Cold weather plan advises Brits on keeping warm this winter

Public Health England has published a plan which urges people to keep their homes at sensible temperatures this winter. Produced in an attempt to prevent thousands of deaths during icy temperatures, the plan suggests that living rooms should kept at around 21 degrees C and the remainder of the home... More >

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Woeful levels of insulation is making fuel poverty worse, claims group

British homes are far less efficient then ones in mainland Europe because of "woeful" levels of insulation. This is according to members of the Energy Bill Revolution, an alliance set up to try and fight fuel poverty. In a letter to the prime minister David Cameron, the group, which... More >

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Committee asks energy firms to justify their profits

A committee of MPs has asked the UK's biggest energy suppliers to justify their profits. SSE, British Gas and npower have all announced hikes to their tariff charges in the past few weeks, leaving millions of consumers on the brink of energy poverty. Now the Energy and Climate Change committee... More >

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Quarter of Brits fear energy shortages within five years

A quarter of Brits believe that the UK will not be able to generate enough energy to meet demand within the next five years. A survey over 2,000 people from the Energy Saving Trust (EST) to mark Energy Saving Week, found that 26 per cent think keeping up supplies of power will get more difficult... More >

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