UK solution-in-a-box joins home energy storage race

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With the launch last week of electric car maker Tesla’s partial solution for solar-powered home energy storage, British tech start-up Powervault has raised £700,000 through crowdfunding to help them become the leading UK player in the rapidly emerging market with a complete system in a box.

Powervault has developed the UK’s first simple and affordable home energy storage system, enabling homeowners to store electricity they generate from solar panels and cut their electricity bills.

How the 'big six' energy suppliers are fighting back after bad press

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After strong and extended negative media coverage, and statistics disclosing how almost 100% of UK customers are seeking to change energy supplier this year. Energy Switcheroo explores how the 'big six' energy suppliers are fighting back in the domestic energy supply market.

Why the Big Six energy companies need to address the imbalance

Ego Efergy - Smart socket

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There's load of different ways to make your home smarter and one quick win, which does not require any hard wiring at all is the use of a smart socket.

The Ego Efergy is a great example, which is so simple to set up it's practically fool-proof. When our socket arrived here at the Smart Home Energy office we immediately got it out of the box and started looking for the instructions. Our first reaction was that they must be missing but then we noticed the side of the box had 3 super-simple steps to follow:

UK green energy company Ecotricity to join home storage market

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Ecotricity, a UK-based supplier of renewable and clean energy, will trial a home energy storage box later this year.

Ecotricity has confirmed that it will begin a 100-home trial of its ‘Black Box’ energy storage system later this year. The energy supplier’s founder and notable green entrepreneur, Dale Vince said that the company’s research project is being driven by the knowledge that energy storage will play a critical role in the country’s move to a low-carbon economy.

Tesla's $3,000 home battery pack can power a home for 8 hours

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Luxury electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has unveiled a series of batteries that will allow homeowners and businesses to better store renewable energy — an attempt to solve a major challenge facing the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Elon Musk, Tesla's founder and chief executive, made the much anticipated announcement last week, confirming the new modular Powerwall system would sell at $3,000 for a 7kWh battery, rising to $3,500 for a 10kWh unit. Deliveries are expected to start in late summer in the U.S.

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Buy-to-let landlords: act now or lose £1,500 tax perk

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Buy-to-let investors can claim tax relief on energy efficiency measures – but only until April. Below we explain what to do.

Buy-to-let landlords are being warned to act now before a tax perk on home improvements that could help them meet new green targets is abolished.

There are just a few weeks to apply for £1,500 tax relief, per property, on works to boost energy efficiency such as insulation or a new boiler.

A further £5,600 of Green Deal cashback is available, but the application process can be chaotic, so landlords should apply as soon as possible if they want to claim.

Voltz - New Energy switching app

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With the big energy companies making great play of the fact they’re cutting their prices, you could be forgiven for presuming that you don’t need to do much else to get a fair price for your gas and electricity. But that could be an expensive mistake.

In case you missed it, E.on cut standard gas prices by 3.5 per cent at the beginning of last week. On Monday British Gas promised to cut standard gas bills by 5 per cent from 27 February, while yesterday Scottish Power revealed a reduction in prices of 4.5 per cent from 20 February.

Green Deal: How to claim £5,600 on home improvements

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Government cash is now on offer to householders through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. We crunch the numbers on costs and savings

Householders can now earn generous cashback on home improvements, such as new double-glazed windows or wall insulation, which could increase a property's value as well as trim energy bills.