Price cap loophole ‘could see £700m in overpayments’

More than seven million households across the UK could be excluded from the government’s proposed energy price cap as a result of a legislative loophole. That’s according to green energy supplier Bulb, which says green tariffs are currently exempt from being limited. It says this will allow suppliers to charge more if they can prove […]

British homes ‘a century off going fully green’

At the current rate of progress, it will take a century for British homes to go green enough to meet international climate obligations. That’s according to the WWF, which claims the UK needs to triple the rate of insulating its homes to meet the Paris Agreement targets. It added domestic properties account for a fifth […]

New homeowners prioritise energy features

Energy efficient central heating and double glazing are seen as the most essential features of a property. That’s according to a new survey from Gocompare.com, which asked the British public what they look for when buying a new house. Central heating topped the list after 69% said it was a must-have and double glazing followed […]

CMA seeks views on measures to help microbusinesses

The competition watchdog is inviting views on measures to help microbusinesses and households on the most expensive tariffs find better deals. It follows a two-year investigation into the energy market, which revealed microbusinesses have been paying around £180 million a year more for gas and electricity than they would in a competitive market. The Competition […]

Fracking payments for householders: Reactions

  The government’s plan to give cash payment to those who live near shale exploration sites has received mixed reactions. UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG) has welcomed the news as they believe “local people should share in the success of the industry and be rewarded for hosting sites on behalf of others in the […]

Pour blimey! Some water firms pushing DOWN bill rises

The water watchdog this morning hailed the majority of water companies for “diluting” increases in bills for households. Today it was announced water firms in England and Wales will keep bill increases to just 2% – below the level of inflation – for 2014/15. From 1 April 2014, average household water and sewerage bill will rise […]

Ofgem and OFT to conduct energy market competition review

A review into the energy market to see how well competition in the gas and electricity sectors are serving the interests of householders and small businesses has been launched. Regulator Ofgem, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), a non-Ministerial government department, have published a framework which will be […]

South West Water vows price freeze until 2015

South West Water (SSW) has pledged to not raise standard tariffs and standing charges for householders and businesses next year. The Exeter-based water and sewerage company has also proposed to keep average bill rises below inflation up to 2020 for all of its 800,000 customers. The move comes after bills in the region tumbled by […]

Retailers smash waste targets but households ‘narrowly miss’

Retailers smashed their targets for reducing supply chain and packaging waste last year but household waste targets have been missed. A new report published today revealed traditional grocery product and packaging waste was cut by 7.4% or 217,000 tonnes, exceeding the 5% target. Household food and drink waste was however only reduced by 3.7%, falling […]

Poland’s Krakow bans domestic coal burning

Householders in Poland’s southern city of Krakow have been banned from heating their homes with coal and wood, reports claim. The Malopolska regional council voted for the complete withdrawal of the use of fossil fuels in a bid to cut air pollution. Overall, 22 Malopolska councillors voted in favour of the ban – with 11 […]