Picture saves a thousand watts

A picture has always painted a thousand words – but now it could save a thousand watts too if a new photography competition is effective. Energy efficiency website Yougen wants homes and firms from around the UK to send in photos of ways they have saved energy for the chance to win an energy saving […]

Consumer champs gunning for dodgy solar salesmen

The Government should ban firms doing dodgy ‘deals on the day’ for solar panels and heat pumps, says a 30-strong group of green energy installers and a consumer group. They have begun a petition to stop salespeople taking money from homeowners on the first day they speak to them over the phone or in person. […]

Campaigners champion legal victory over DECC

A campaign group is championing its legal victory over DECC in the controversial solar FiTs court case. Today the Supreme Court refused DECC permission to challenge a ruling which would have let it cut the subsidy paid out to solar power from panels installed between 12 December and 3 March. Friends of the Earth said […]

Crackdown on solar panel ‘cowboys’

A consumer website is launching a crackdown on ‘cowboy’ solar panel installers who use intimidating tactics to sell panels at the wrong tariff level. Renewable energy website YouGen says it began the campaign after receiving a growing number of complaints from concerned consumers. It warns “unscrupulous” installers are trying to cash in on the confusion […]