British Gas launches online home energy saving tool

British Gas has launched a new online tool to help homeowners check what energy saving measures they are entitled to under the Government’s Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) schemes. The Green Deal meets the upfront costs of eco-improvements with a loan paid back through energy savings, while ECO sets energy companies targets for […]

Efficiency help in a Pickle as minister faces legal action

An energy saving trade group is bringing legal action against Communities Secretary Eric Pickles (pictured) over his decision not to make people install energy efficiency improvements when they have other building work on their homes. The UK Association for the Conservation of Energy claims this “complete volte face” – or u-turn – has put the brakes […]

Builders bash Green Deal-linked building plans

The UK’s building trade body has bashed laws which could mean homeowners have to spend thousands of pounds extra on green home improvements when they extend their homes. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) warns plans from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will be “impractical, unpopular and counterproductive”. Changes to the Government’s “Part […]