Smaller energy firms required to give £140 discount to vulnerable customers

Around 2.2m people currently receive the one-off discount under the Warm Home Discount scheme

Older people smarten up to new energy tech

A third of people older than 60 years are either interested in buying a smart device to connect energy systems in their home or already own one. That’s according to a new survey from Centrica, which suggests demand for Internet of Things (IoT) technologies among pensioners and the elderly is being driven by the desire […]

E.ON, Age UK suspend energy tariff for pensioners

E.ON and Age UK have announced they are temporarily stopping a controversial branded tariff to new and renewing customers. They said the Age UK two-year fixed tariff would expire tonight. The decision comes just days after Ofgem said it would look into alleged claims the Big Six supplier paid out £6 million to the charity […]

Bank advising Durham pensioners on energy bills

A community bank in County Durham is offering pensioners advice on their energy bills and how to switch supplier or get a fuel grant. Prince Bishops Community Bank claims it has already saved hundreds of pensioners in the county more than £100,000. The scheme is run in partnership with housing provider Derwentside Homes and energy […]

Pensioners peeved with rocketing energy bills

Pensioners bearing placards berated the Government and power companies outside the British Gas AGM on Monday. ELN found out why they were so unhappy.

New Yorkers to face 13% rise in heating costs

New Yorkers could see their heating bills rise by more than 13% this winter according to a new report released by researchers at the non-profit pensioners group AARP. This is despite the city (pictured) already having the highest electricity bills on mainland US – 60% above the national average. The report said the third (30%) of […]

Local energy schemes win £46m share

The Government has awarded a share of £46 million to 132 projects for local energy schemes across Britain. The funding is part of the Government’s bid to boost energy efficiency, cut fuel poverty and encourage collective switching and purchasing and will be used by local authorities and community organisations. The cash will be used in […]

Pensioners protest against energy bills

A group of pensioners and disabled people protested at a London shopping centre over the weekend in despair at the rise of fuel poverty among vulnerable Brits. Fuel poverty is officially defined as when homes spend 10% or more of their income on heating. The “Warm Up” protest at the Stratford Westfield centre, organised by […]

Energy saving scammers strike twice

Fraudsters who sold pensioners dodgy ‘energy-saving’ devices have struck again by calling them to offer compensation – then running off with a £300 admin fee. The Trading Standards Institute raised concerns after being made aware of a bogus ‘Claims Management Company’ offering compensation to the victims of the first rip-off, which was uncovered in December. […]