Centrica hints at price rises on the way

Centrica today strongly hinted a gas price rise could be on the way. In the interim statement the British Gas owner said the cost of supplying gas is likely to go up £50 per household and this could have a knock-on effect on prices. In the statement it said: “UK wholesale gas costs are around […]

Scotland pledges £2m funding toward heating and insulation

The Scottish Government has agreed to a further £2 million of funding for the Universal Home Insulation Scheme and the boiler scrappage programme after a meeting led by Consumer Focus Scotland demanded help for the most vulnerable. The ‘Making the Links’ seminar brought together local authorities, health boards and consumer groups to identify vulnerable customer. […]

Further £500,000 funding for energy efficient boilers

A further £500,000 worth of government funding will be made available to households to upgrade the energy performance of their heating and hot water systems, it was announced today. This follows the continuity of the Boiler Scrappage Scheme, which started in January 2010 to encourage homeowners to replace their old, inefficient central heating boilers by […]

Green Deal edges closer as Energy Act becomes law

The Government’s Energy Act was given royal consent today, meaning DECC’s flagship policy the ‘Green Deal’ is due to launch in Autumn of next year. According to the Government, the Green Deal will make houses “warmer and cheaper” and will help homeowners finance energy efficiency measures by removing the upfront cost of installing insulation or […]

Six million boilers ‘at risk’

Up to a quarter of UK homeowners are at risk of their boiler breaking, according to new research. The study suggests that 23% of UK boilers are at least a decade old. This means that despite last year’s boiler scrappage scheme, which saw thousands of old systems replaced with A-rated boilers, around six million boilers […]