Small and microbusinesses continue to pay more for energy, Ofgem finds

Microbusinesses paid 35% more for their electricity in the first quarter of 2018 compared with larger firms

Energy price cap to save households £75 a year, says Ofgem

It will be confirmed in November and come into effect towards the end of December

Northern Ireland halved fuel poverty between 2011 and 2016

The Housing Executive said the improvement was largely due to lower average fuel prices, improved energy efficiency and increased income

UK households can reclaim £1.3bn from suppliers for unused energy

New research claims energy firms are “still failing to automatically refund customers” who are in credit

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, 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 […]