Gov introduce smart meters

Smart meters will deliver a range of benefits to energy consumers including:

  • giving domestic consumers near real time information on their energy consumption through an in-home display to help them control energy use, save money and reduce emissions
  • providing more accurate information and bringing an end to estimated billing
  • new products and services will be supported in a vibrant market in energy and energy management

Watton Solar Plus for £125

Wattson Solar Plus

Sale price for the Wattson Solar Plus, whilst stocks last.

We are pleased to announce we are now selling the Wattson Solar Plus for the special sale price of just £125 including VAT and FREE delivery anywhere in the UK.

The Wattson Solar Plus is for monitoring energy consumption and production from renewables and helps you keep track of your home energy at a glance.

Order now, the offer is only available whilst stocks last.

Win FREE prizes throughout advent

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You can win FREE prizes from some of the UK's leading ethical brands, as well as getting free tips for a lower carbon, more fairtrade, more organic and generally more ethical Christmas at http://extraethical.com

With Solarcentury and Trillion Fund on board it looks like there are going to be some solar panels and clean green investments going for free at some point in December.

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Free loft and cavity wall insulation in Nottinghamshire

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Until the end of the year, households in many areas of Nottinghamshire can take advantage of free loft and cavity wall insulation for their home – regardless of their income – thanks to Warmstreets, the only insulation scheme endorsed by the Local Authorities Energy Partnership, of which Nottinghamshire County Council is a member.

However, the offer is drawing to a close shortly, with subsidies due to end in December. People are being advised to take advantage while they can and book a survey with Warmstreets before 30th November.

Control energy usage when you're not at home

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British Gas has launched a smart home system to give you remote access to your heating system.

The Remote Heating Control technology allows you to access and control your heating system from your laptop or smartphone while you're away from the home – you can even turn your boiler on and off via text message.

This is a great perk for those occasions when you get to work and realise you've left the central heating ticking over but, unfortunately, still won't stop the mad dash back home if you think you've left the oven on.

DECC issue bonuses despite increased fuel poverty

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The Government department that has failed to stop energy bills going through the roof paid out £1 million in bonuses to its civil servants last year, it was revealed today.

People at the Department of Energy and Climate Change grabbed £958,783 in 2011-12 - up £133,135 on a year earlier.

But in the same period many British households have been forced to pay at least £200 extra a year to heat and light their homes.

The UK now has record numbers in fuel poverty - one in five - where energy costs exceed their monthly income so they must choose to 'heat or eat'.

UK faces connected-home challenge to overcome confusion

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The UK is at risk of missing out on a "connected-homes" economic boost, according to a report.

The study refers to new internet services including media, smarter energy meters, and access to education and health advice.

The British tech trade association Intellect claims the market could be worth £3bn a year within five years.

However, it says a range of problems must be addressed first, including a "bewildering" range of technologies.

Home fuel cells to be sold in the UK from 2014

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IE-CHP based in Scotland will start sales of household and commercial use fuel cells in the UK and Ireland from 2014. The company is a joint venture between the fuel cell developer Intelligent Energy, the UK energy major SSE (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy) and a Scottish government organization. It will progressively introduce a 1 kW unit for home use and a 10 kW unit for commercial use.

Building on the 'Green Deal'

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The government's plan to retrofit 26m homes with energy-saving measures by 2030 could create 250,000 construction jobs – but does the sector have the skills to deliver? Debbie Andalo reports from a recent seminar Guardian Professional,Friday 18 November 2011 11.48 GMT

Saving money through energy efficiency

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By Richard Anderson and Damian Kahya Business reporters, BBC News

With the UK's major energy suppliers bumping up their prices by up to 18% this winter, the belated arrival of the cold winds represents a great opportunity to look at ways of cutting your fuel bills.