Millions miss out on free home improvements, British Gas survey reveals

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Millions risk not claiming free money-saving home improvements because they don’t realise their property is eligible for help.

Research by British Gas reveals that only one in five people believe their home qualifies for free insulation, despite it being available to nine out of 10 homes that need it.

With energy companies and the Government rolling out loft and cavity insulation to homes across the UK, the misconception means millions could miss out on average annual savings on their energy bills of up to £150 from free loft insulation and up to £145 with cavity wall insulation.

The energy network: how it works for you

This new video from Ofgem explains how the UK energy network works, at the same time as attempting to justify the part of your energy bills which is siphoned off to pay the network.

Energy bills to soar again: how to beat the rise

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Thousands of customers are being pushed onto pricier energy bills. This guide, from the Telegraph, contains the latest deals and insider tips to cut your bills.

Energy bills are about to soar for thousands of customers who have fixed their bills. Seven fixed deals are ending this month, with new tariffs costing up to £198 more per year, according to recent research - unless customers switch now.

The worst offender is M&S Energy, where customers on the Fix and Save September 2014 dual fuel tariff will see the biggest average bill increase from £993 to £1186, unless they switch.

Freetricity and Zouk to install 10,000 free PV systems

The new installs will be in South Wales and southern England.

Freetricity will install another 10,000 residential PV systems in England and Wales following a deal with clean energy investor and fund manager Zouk Capital, says Solar Power Portal.

The second agreement between the pair builds on a 3000 system contract that made up part of the portfolio sold to Aviva Investors.

The systems are installed without cost to the homeowner who receives reduced electricity bills in return.

Council tax cut for energy efficient homes

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Households could save at least £100 a year by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, under Lib Dem manifesto plans announced today.

The Liberal Democrats would reward people who improve the energy efficiency of their homes by giving them a council tax discount and slashing their energy bills – a double bill cut.

Household energy use has fallen by an average of 2.5% per annum over recent years, but we need to go further and faster.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said:

“The Liberal Democrats are the only party offering a long-term double bill cut - lower energy bills, lower council tax bills.

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.