Government must implement policy for energy efficiency

The UK Government is being urged to take action and “not just notes” in getting the country out of recession by implementing a policy for energy efficiency. Environmental group WWF made the comment as it welcomed a new report by Consumer Focus, which suggested investing in energy efficiency schemes would not only mean warmer homes […]

Investment in energy efficiency will boost UK economy

Investing in energy efficiency is one of the best ways to boost the economy, create more jobs and tackle fuel poverty. That’s according to new research by a consumer group, which claims significant investment from the Government through carbon taxes could generate up to 71,000 jobs and boost GDP by 0.2% by 2015. It could […]

Government must ‘seriously consider’ efficiency investment

The Government must “seriously consider” investing in energy efficiency schemes in the UK. The comment from the Government’s Fuel Poverty Advisory Group follows new research by Consumer Focus, which suggested the money from carbon taxes could be used for investment in energy efficiency as it is one of the best ways to boost the economy […]

Nine in ten firms will get Ofgem energy protection

More help from Ofgem to get fair energy contracts for “hard-pressed” small and medium sized businesses is “long overdue” say consumer groups. The watchdog’s protection for microbusinesses on issues such as back-billing and contract roll-overs will now cover around 91% of electricity business customers, said Consumer Focus. Audrey Gallacher, Director of Energy at Consumer Focus said: “Businesses […]

Up to £1000 cash back for efficient homes

Householders who use energy efficient measures from January next year could get as much as £1,000 cash back from the Government. A total of £125 million is up for grabs as part of DECC’s Green Deal initiative, which helps homes and businesses make energy-saving improvements such as loft and cavity wall insulation. The cash back […]

Scottish Power next to raise energy prices

Scottish Power is the latest energy supplier to increase its domestic gas and electricity prices by 7%. The new price, which will come into effect on 3rd December, follows British Gas and npower’s announcement of a hike in energy prices last week. SSE’s new price announced earlier this year has also kicked in today. Scottish […]

npower follows British Gas with energy price rise

Energy supplier npower has announced a price rise of 8.8% for gas and 9.1% for electricity. The news comes only a few hours after British Gas decided to hike its prices by 6%. The German-owned supplier’s new price, which will come into effect on Nov 26th, means the energy bill for its domestic customers could […]

British Gas’ price hike a ‘bitter blow’ for consumers

British Gas’ decision to raise its gas and electricity prices is a “bitter blow” for UK consumers. That’s the view of a price comparison site responding to the 6% rise in energy prices announced by British Gas this morning. The changes mean the average bill for domestic British Gas consumers will rise from £1,260 to […]

Blackout warning shows ‘dash for gas risks’

Ofgem’s warning about the UK potentially facing blackouts in 2015 highlights the “risks” of George Osborne’s proposed dash for gas. That’s the view of environmental group Greenpeace following new analysis from the electricity regulator which predicted the UK could run out of energy generating capacity in the next four years. Earlier this year the Chancellor […]

Ooh err could QR mean better energy deals?

Noticed those black and white squares in asymmetrical check patterns on the corner of magazine adverts – the ones you can scan with your smartphone to find out more information? Known as quick response or QR codes, the Government is thinking about putting them onto energy bills. In an announcement last weekend Energy Secretary Ed […]