BT and Hubbub team up for smart home technology challenge

The Smarter Living Challenge will initially work with 60 households across the UK, looking closely at attitudes, perceptions and behaviours around home energy use

Household bills could rise by £21 as Ofgem considers increasing energy price cap

The regulator is consulting on its proposals to recover debt-related costs that have resulted due to the coronavirus pandemic

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

Smart homes ‘could help halve carbon emissions and energy bills’

Researchers say the mass adoption of solar, battery storage, intelligent controls and other smart energy technologies in the home could unlock a range of significant positive impacts

UK Government seeks views on future low carbon heat support beyond the RHI

The plan backs replacement of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) with a new Clean Heat Grant, which will provide support for heat pumps and in certain circumstances biomass

Weekday Irish electricity demand drops 20%

Electricity demand levels are also 254MW lower across the day over the same period last year

Decline in wholesale gas prices leads to cheaper energy tariffs

At present, the cheapest dual-fuel fixed-term tariff on the market is £411 cheaper than the price cap

SSE completes sale of retail unit to OVO Energy for £500m

The deal makes OVO one of the biggest suppliers in Britain, now serving almost five million customers

Households face £16m energy bill increase after tariffs end

Around 47 deals are scheduled to run out at the end of January, which means many customers will be rolled on to default tariffs that are usually much higher

Energy-efficient housing project wins Stirling Prize for architecture

Goldsmith Street in Norwich was crowned this year’s winner of the award, which aims to celebrate the UK’s best new building