Government extends Green Homes Grant by a year

The year-long extension will give homeowners across England more time to have energy efficiency upgrades, helping up to 600,000 households save up to £600 on their energy bills

First UK homes heated with hydrogen in latest demonstration

The ‘HyStreet’ test site consists of specially-built demonstration houses, with more than 200 tests completed to research and prove the safety of converting homes and gas networks to hydrogen

Scientists develop ‘liquid window’ to reduce energy consumption in buildings

The ‘smart window’ could reduce up to 45% of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning energy consumption in buildings

UK homes ‘could save £1.4bn by turning thermostats down by just 1°C’

A new study found two-thirds – or 17.7m – of households are turning up their thermostats to more than 20°C while 2.7m households are turning up the heat to 25°C or more – hotter than Tenerife at present

Almost three million UK households ‘owe £188m to energy suppliers’

An estimated 1.9 million households plan to spend less on food in order to be able to pay for their energy bills, according to a report

VAT subsidy on domestic gas ‘mostly benefits wealthier households’

The government is being urged to end the 5% VAT rate on domestic heating fuels and redistribute the revenues to help those on low incomes to heat their homes

Green Finance Institute launches Zero Carbon Heating Taskforce

The Taskforce will conduct a focused review to identify the barriers and enablers to investment into low carbon heating across the UK housing market

SP Energy Networks launches 95MW tender for flexibility services

It has joined forces with independent online marketplace Piclo for the flexibility services in 40 locations across its licence areas in England, Scotland and North Wales

Winter is coming: UK households’ energy bills ‘to soar by £107 due to homeworking’

Homeworking during the winter could see the nation’s energy bills rise to as much as £1.9 billion between October and March, according to a new report

Scotland announces £1.6bn to support jobs and tackle fuel poverty

It is part of the government’s enhanced Green New Deal, which aims to transform the energy efficiency and heat of buildings and rapidly accelerate decarbonisation