Scots: UK must regulate energy markets for fuel poverty

The UK Government must take stronger action to regulate energy markets to reduce fuel poverty, according to the Scottish Government. Its new reports also claim around 658,000 homes that are fuel poor in Scotland could be reduced by improving energy efficiency in households. Scotland is encouraging homeowners to install loft and cavity wall insulations, which […]

Cold shoulder for Australia’s new carbon tax

Australia’s new carbon tax had a cold reception when it came into effect yesterday, with thousands of protestors reportedly out in force in Sydney. Around 300 big polluters were slapped with a carbon price of $23 (£15) per tonne, a measure the Australian Government hopes will cut carbon pollution by at least 159 million tonnes […]

Want a flood warning? There’s an app for that

Homeowners and businesses will be able to keep tabs on the risk of flooding in their area with a new online application called ‘FloodAlerts’, which launched on social media site Facebook this week. People in England and Wales will be able to use the app, which is licensed by the Environment Agency and uses live […]

Government pushes low carbon buildings in new rules

The Government is pushing forward with proposals to cut carbon emissions in new and existing buildings. Its latest consultation on building laws is aimed at ushering in a wave of zero-carbon homes. Communities Minister Andrew Stunell this week announced the consultation on plans to change building regulations. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) […]

Homeowners must not subsidise cheaper water bills for businesses

Homeowners must not be left to foot the bill for changes to water policy. This is the call from the Consumer Council for Water, which is concerned about plans to increase competition in the water sector. The Water White Paper today proposes to boost competition by helping more players enter the supply market. This move […]

Powerful presents – give someone energy for Christmas

Gizmos and gadgets could soon be bumped off Christmas lists across the USA – by energy. One utility firm in the States is offering certificates for the “Gift of Energy” in time for the festive season. The gifts are available in amounts of $10, $20, $25 and $50. Consumers Energy, which provides gas and electricity […]

Stock up before winter, oil heating homeowners advised

Home owners who heat their property with oil are being advised to stock up now to avoid last minute panic if snow hits this winter. Kent-based heating oil firm Sprint Fuels says that customers should learn from last year’s difficulties, when snowy conditions made it harder for them to deliver to some rural homes. Managing […]

EDF bans doorstep selling

EDF has become the third energy supplier to bring a halt to its doorstep selling. The move follows criticism of the sales tactic from both campaigners and government in the wake of court action brought against energy firm SSE for misleading customers with doorstep sellers. SSE and British Gas have already halted the practice. Jim […]

Energy policies to cost public an extra £300?

DECC’s energy policies could cost the public an extra £300, a Downing Street memo has suggested. Leaked analysis from the Prime Minister’s Office seen by The Daily Telegraph also cast doubt on whether household efficiency measures promoted by the energy department will be enough to counteract this. Some energy firms have agreed that current energy […]