EU to ban high-energy hair dryers, smartphones and kettles

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The European Union is considering pulling the plug on high-wattage hair dryers, lawn mowers and electric kettles in a follow up to its controversial ban on powerful vacuum cleaners, says telegraph.co.uk.

The power of hairdryers could be reduced by as much as 30 per cent in order to be more eco-friendly, a draft study commissioned by Brussels suggests, threatening many of the models favoured by hairdressers and consumers for speedy blow-dries.

New proposals are expected next spring to outlaw dozens of household electrical devices that European officials regard as using too much electricity, as part of plans to meet EU targets on energy efficiency.

Smart meters to be put into every home - even if they don't work

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It might seem crazy but, The £11 billion Government plan to put ‘smart meters’ into every UK home launches this week despite fears they may not work and could open national grid up to cyber-terrorists, so says the Telegraph.

The meters, which are being introduced to meet EU green targets, will cost households £200 each in an effort to cut down energy consumption and reduce bills.

However official documents have shown that the meters save less energy than predicted and five other countries who had been considering the plan have ditched it after deciding it could cost more money than it saves.

Companies call for government to invest billions a year on home energy efficiency

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A number of building trade groups have joined forces with fuel poverty campaign groups and environmental NGOs to call on the Government to address a "gaping hole" at the heart of its infrastructure policy and make home energy efficiency a "national infrastructure priority" says
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The 20 organisations, including the Federation of Master Builders, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) and Greenpeace, have today issued a plea to the Government to put aside £3 billion to £4 billion of capital investment from its £45 billion annual infrastructure spend on retrofitting one million homes a year by 2020. In an open letter to Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, the coalition sets out the benefits of such a policy, including green jobs and growth and a cut to energy bills of £300 a year.

Survey reveals widespread mistrust of energy suppliers amongst Brits

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Energy users in the UK believe that energy suppliers are untrustworthy, according to new research commissioned by the Smart Meter Central Delivery body (SMCDB), says SolarPowerPortal.co.uk

More than half of those questioned in the UK’s largest ever research into attitudes towards the energy market and smart meters said that they did not trust energy suppliers.

The survey, carried out by Populus, quizzed a nationally representative sample of 10,033 adults across Great Britain about their relationship with energy suppliers.

Green Energy Options launches new version of popular Solo II: the P1 in-home energy display

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Green Energy Options (geo) is proud to announce the launch of the latest variant of its popular in-home energy display, the Solo II P1. The Solo II P1 is priced to be affordable, and designed to be engaging, making it an excellent value-for-money option for customers requiring a P1 interface for their in-home energy display, as well as mobile and online access.

Green Deal: Government launches home improvement fund to boost flagging scheme

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Payments of thousands of pounds will be available to UK householders who install energy-saving measures such as insulation and new boilers from June, in a move designed to breathe new life into the Government's flagship energy efficiency schemes say greenwisebusiness.co.uk

The Green Deal, which launched in January 2013, was hailed by Ministers as"transformational" and the "biggest home improvement programme since the second world war". But the scheme was dogged by administrative problems and even Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, conceded earlier this year that the financing that had been at the heart of the initiative was 'disappointing.'

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Energy giants pocket £75m of green tax cuts which would have helped millions of households save £50 on their energy bills

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Millions of households have missed out on a £50 saving on their energy bill because a green tax cut has been swiped by suppliers.

All of the big six firms — British Gas, EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Power — will save money this year after the Government slashed network charges and the cost of implementing green schemes.

And they will no longer have to pick up the tab for a Warm Home Discount — which gives vulnerable customers a £135 reduction on their electricity bill, according to This is money.

Npower Hatches Nest Deal As Energy Row Rages

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One of Britain's biggest energy companies has struck a deal with a Google-owned smart technology provider amid the raging debate about rising energy prices.

Sky News understands that Npower, which is owned by the German utility RWE, will announce this week a partnership with Nest Labs, a connected devices-maker which was acquired by Google for more than £2bn.

The alliance will see Npower become the exclusive energy company partner of Nest in the UK, and comes as the big energy suppliers step up their investment in smart-metering technology.

Energy efficiency deals for property owners in the UK extended and upgraded

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Changes to the UK government’s Green Deal cash back scheme aimed at getting property owners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes have been announced.

The scheme helps people to install energy efficiency measures by providing them with money back on the contributions they make towards improvements.

The changes include increases to the amount of money consumers get back on some Green Deal measures, such as double glazing, solid wall insulation and room in roof insulation for those with loft conversions.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change is also extending the scheme. Applications for Green Deal Cash back can now be submitted up to the end of June, with a further three months for households to install energy efficiency measures and redeem cash back vouchers, giving them more time to take advantage of the scheme.