Heat networks should be regulated, says competition watchdog

Its investigation found heat network customers are not getting the same levels of protection that gas and electricity customers receive

Tool to compare heating and hot water costs launched

A calculator which allows customers under district heating schemes to compare the cost of their heating against a conventional system has been launched. Heat Trust, led by industry which sets customer service standards, has created the tool which aims to improve transparency in the sector by increasing public access to information on heating and hot […]

Could a ‘fridge’ save money on your hot water costs?

A new renewable technology could help consumers save money on their hot water costs. Called the ‘Little Thermodynamic Box’, it is an air source heat pump which works like a fridge in reverse. It has panels which absorbs heat from the surrounding atmosphere and uses the energy to heat hot water. The company, called Magic […]

Fairytale ending as castle saves £100,000 on energy bills

A Victorian mansion famed for its fairytale 14th century castle has saved £100,000 on its energy bills and cut carbon emissions by more than 400 tons. Located in Kent, the Scotney Castle (pictured) – owned by the National Trust – installed a 250kW wood-chip biomass boiler to provide hot water and heating to the historic […]

Southwark Council ‘first’ in London to use waste to heat homes

Householders in a London borough will soon have their heating and hot water generated from an energy from waste facility under a new scheme announced today. Southwark Council has teamed up with its recycling and waste partner Veolia Environmental Services and launched a £7 million heating network which it claims is the “first of its […]

Hertfordshire Hospital scalpels energy and water costs by £650k

A hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire run by the NHS hopes to scalpel more than £650,000 off its energy, hot water and water bill a year after upgrading its energy centre earlier this year. Lister Hospital’s new energy centre has a new 1.4 MWe combined heat and power (CHP) unit and three new boilers will supply […]

Blog: The Turkish delight in a thousand solar panels

You go on holiday to relax, unwind and crucially, forget about work for a few blissful days in the sun. But I should have known better – I can never switch off from energy. Arriving late at night to the small, bustling town of Fethiye on the southern coast of Turkey last week, it was […]

Heat is the ‘sleeping giant’ of UK energy use

Heat is the ‘sleeping giant’ of our energy use, according to a heat energy group. The Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) claims in a new report out today that we must cut emissions from heat to hit the UK’s low carbon targets. The report comes ahead of the Government’s Heat Strategy which is due […]