Types of lighting for the home

LED bulb

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


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.

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


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.

Den Is A New UK Home Automation Platform, Raising Crowd Financing


It’s strange, because until now most home automation system which involve accessing the power outlets seems to have been designed for nerds to show off their ‘touch sensitive’ switches. But it’s taken a 19-year-old from Kent, England to produce a power socket aimed at the mainstream UK market which carries a real switch, that looks just like any other, but which incorporates home automation technology.

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.

Smart meters can be hacked to cut power bills

Smart Meter

Smart meters widely used in Spain can be hacked to under-report energy use, security researchers have found, says the BBC.

Poorly protected credentials inside the devices could let attackers take control over the gadgets, warn the researchers.

The utility that deployed the meters is now improving the devices' security to help protect its network.

The discovery comes as one security expert warns some terror groups may attack critical infrastructure systems.