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Experts at the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) have made it be known promises of lower prices were “lacking in evidence” and were “hype”. The Whitehall Treasury Department continued with the emphasis Shale Gas and its potential was “too big to ignore” The UKERC authored report expressed concerns of Shale Gas, which is a natural form gas extracted from rocks deep underground by machine and chemicals (fracking), was at a stage too early to conclude its viability. They went on to further state Shale Gas was unlikely to give a noticeable difference in energy prices experienced by householders or to the security of future supplies. Those that are in favour of fracking point to America and exclaim as the fall in energy prices in the US to where it has now become a net exporter of gas. On the reverse, critics cite the environmental damage and consequence fracking could have […]

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Energy secretary says lack of turbines will raise consumer bills and Tory ideological stance is putting off investors The Conservative party’s opposition to onshore wind turbines risks undermining the creation of British jobs since new data showed 15,400 people are now employed in the wind power industry, warns energy secretary Ed Davey. While wind supplied 9% of all UK electricity, there has been a 70% rise in jobs in the wind power industry since 2010 according to the data from trade body RenewableUK. The wind power industry attracted £2.6bn of investment in 2013-14, of which £1.1bn remained in the UK. As wind is the cheapest clean energy, new British jobs will be undermined and customer bills will increase because of that the Conservative party’s “ideological” opposition to onshore turbines says Davey. “We have had a major leap forward in recent years and there is a really good story to tell,” […]

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Ofgem has warned Scottish Power that it could face a sales ban unless it improves customer service.</> The company has to improve its customer service in the next three months, if it doesn’t, Ofgem will ban it from all proactive sales activities. Ofgem wants the company to improve on the following 3 key areas: call waiting times; late bills; and Ombudsman complaints. The company must: answer all customer queries promptly; decrease the number of overdue bills from 75,000 to 30,000 by the end of December; and resolve every single outstanding Ombudsman complaint. An investigation has also been launched into the way Scottish Power treats its customers added Ofgem. Scottish Power has had the highest percentage of billing errors among the large energy suppliers according to Uswitch.com. “Ofgem’s action today will drive immediate improvements for Scottish Power customers.’’ Said Ofgem senior partner in charge of enforcement, Sarah Harrison “The investigation we […]

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1) Weather proofing:Sealing windows, heating ducts and other services can reduce your bill massively. 2) Energy Audit:Getting your home or workplace audited can give you a detailed understanding about the heating and light usage. Having this understanding, will ultimately lead you to be more energy savvy and hence reduce the cost of your utility bill. 3) Lights:Getting energy efficient light bulbs is a great way to reduce your bills and it doesn’t require a massive effort. You can simply fit them as any other incandescent bulb. 4) Sunlight:Often in the winter months, sunlight is hard to come by, but where possible let the sunlight come into your house, by opening the curtain, so it can naturally heat the home. Similarly in the summer, you can use light coloured blinds which will reflect the heat out and hence, keep the home cooler. 5)Technology:Thanks to technology, you can programme your thermostat so […]

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According to research only 38% of people fully comprehend how night storage heaters work. The Energy Saving Trust says, “Households with electric heating could be paying through the nose by not taking advantage of cheaper night rate electricity”. The main purpose for electric storage heaters is to take advantage of cheap, off-peak electricity rates. By charging the heater overnight and using the energy in the day, you would make a saving as the excess electricity being generated by the national grid is not being wasted and it is offered cheaper during off-peak hours. According to the guidance offered by the energy saving trust on storage heaters, “A standard electric storage heater has two controls, an output setting and an input setting. The output setting will control how much heat the heater gives out (as long as there is stored heating available). The input control determines how much electricity the heater […]

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Energy supplier SSE and YouGov have revealed a ground-breaking report detailing the changing energy attitudes, needs and habits of UK households. The study examined just how concerned customers are with energy in their day to day lives. In London last night, Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive of SSE, presented the findings– if the UK is to meet the significant challenges that lie ahead, customers need to be given a stronger voice in the current energy debate. He said: “Greater customer engagement with energy use can help meet the energy challenge. We all need to work together on this. Customers are sending a loud and clear message: ‘help me reduce my energy costs without cutting back on my quality of life’. “We need to start by listening to customers. Whether it’s finding fairer, more cost-effective and more appealing ways to deliver large-scale household energy efficiency improvements, simplifying bills to help people understand […]

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