Smart meters and energy monitors explained

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What is the difference between a Smart Meter and an Energy Monitor?

We have found that lots of people do not know what's "watt" when it comes to energy and smart metering so hopefully this guide will help!

What is an Energy Monitor?

Types of lighting for the home

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When choosing lighting for a new home it can be a daunting experience as there are so many different bulbs to choose from. This experience can be turned into an easy process with this simple guide, which will provide you with knowledge on the different types of lights that are available.

Halogen lights

Green Deal: How to beat the rush to £5,600 of 'free cash'

If you want to get your hands on up to £5,600 of “free cash” in the third round of Green Deal funding, you’d better be ready to pounce when the money is made available on March 16, says the Telegraph.

The Government is making another £70m available to households who want to install solid wall insulation, boilers or double glazing, under the latest Government cash giveaway for energy efficiency work.

Smart meters energy saving project at risk, say MPs

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Plans to install energy saving smart meters in every UK home and business by 2020 are at risk of veering off track, reports the BBC.

Smart meters could save about £17bn and put an end to estimated bills.

But the Energy and Climate Change Committee said a key piece of the £11bn programme's infrastructure was behind schedule.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said it had designed the scheme to maximise value for money.

Tempus Energy launch demand side responce unit to help homeowners save 20% on energy bills

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This is everything that smart meters should be...

A new hi-tech way that is said to cut energy bills by up to a fifth is about to go on the market. The idea is that a “black box” will turn appliances, such as fridges, on and off in response to fluctuations in the wholesale price of electricity, which occur continuously throughout the day, reports the Telegraph.

Top tips for Save Energy Week

Did you know that if every home in the UK switched one old lightbulb to a new LED one, it would be the equivalent of taking 73,000 cars off the road?

This year Earth Day, on the 22nd April, happens in the middle of Save Energy Week, a new initiative designed to encourage us all to help reduce climate change by making small energy saving measures in the home.

Here are a few facts from the research and top tips to help you save energy in your home:

Do you have a Home Energy Masterplan?

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With recent energy bills rises, there has never been a better time to make our homes more efficient. But the best solution for you will depend on your home, how you use it, and your specific aims and budget.

U.K. energy retailers are picking partners for the first stage of a nationwide smart meter rollout

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Trilliant, the Silicon Valley smart grid networking vendor that’s already working with British Gas on one of the United Kingdom’s biggest initial smart meter deployments, has just landed another big utility partner seeking to win market share in the same competitive market, says Green Tech Media.

RWE npower, the U.K. subsidiary of giant European utility RWE, announced Wednesday that it has picked Trilliant to supply both the underlying networking software platform for its first round of smart meter rollouts, and the communications hubs that sit inside the homes being connected to the smart grid.

It’s all part of RWE npower’s “pre-DCC Foundation smart meter services,” a term of art that applies to the first, competitive stage of the U.K.’s mandated rollout. Between now and the end of 2015, it and competitors like British Gas, E.ON, Scottish & Southern Energy, EDF Energy and First Utility -- the “big six” energy retailers that control the majority of the country’s market -- are expected to deploy as many as 2 million smart meters, out of the eventual 50 million or so mandated for rollout by 2020.

Griff Rhys Jones objects to Tattingstone solar farm plan

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Comedian Griff Rhys Jones said building a £25m solar farm near his Suffolk home would be a "folly" that would ruin the landscape, according to the BBC.

Hive Energy wants to build a 43,000-panel farm at Tattingstone, near Ipswich.

Mr Rhys Jones said he feared a "gigantic change of use to farmland".

Europe on verge of trade war with China over cheap solar panels

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Europe is gearing up for a fresh trade war with China with plans to impose a levy on billions of pounds worth of imports of cheap solar panels, says Emily Gosden.

The European Commission has proposed a tough 47pc “anti-dumping” tariff to penalise the imports, it emerged on Wednesday.

The move would benefit European manufacturers, who allege their Chinese rivals - whose panels are as much as 45pc cheaper - are unfairly subsidised by Beijing.

Chinese solar panel production quadrupled between 2009 and 2011, exceeding global demand, and EU manufacturers say China has now captured 80pc of the European market.

However, action against the Chinese imports is fiercely opposed by European solar panel installation companies which have thrived on the cheap supply and claim that hundreds of thousands of jobs could be at risk.