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

Ego Efergy

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.

The UK’s smart meter rollout is a government “IT disaster waiting to happen”

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The government’s national smart meter rollout has been slammed by the Institute of Directors (IoD), which has released a report that calls for the scheme to be “halted, altered or scrapped” to avoid yet another costly public sector IT disaster, says Derek du Preez from diginomica.com

The smart meter rollout is set to cost the government £10.9 billion and aims to get around 50 million smart meters fitted in over 26 million households across England, Scotland and Wales by 2020. It has been estimated that the meters could bring energy savings of £17 billion.

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.