2011 August news archive


31 August

'It's not easy being green' - poll

Green Energy PlugPeople in the UK are shunning green energy alternatives because they're not sure about the benefits, according to new research. A survey by YouGov for consultancy firm Gemserv found 61% of British homeowners would consider energy-efficient additions to their homes, such as solar panels, biomass fuel generation or hydro-electric power. The poll, which questioned 2,022 ...

25 August

"Overcharging" claim by energy watchdog

Gas water heaterGovernment energy watchdog Ofgem says the UK's biggest energy suppliers could be "overcharging" millions of customers. Huge prices rises have been announced across the board by five of the UK's Big Six energy firms - EDF Energy is yet to announce a hike. However, Scottish Power, Scottish and Southern, British Gas, Npower and E.ON have ...

23 August

'Stop doorstep energy sales' - consumer group

Cooking surface and gas ringsA major consumer group is urging energy suppliers to stop selling tariffs door-to-door. MPs have already criticised the door-to-door sales techniques used by energy suppliers to sell gas and electricity. Now Consumer Focus, a major consumer organisation, has joined their plea. British Gas has already volunteered to halt all its doorstep selling programmes - now ...

22 August

Gas and electricity price rises questioned

Yellow flameGovernment energy watchdog Ofgem is investigating the UK's biggest energy companies amid fears recent price rises on gas and electricity were unfair. Energy suppliers will be asked to show how they calculate their bills, as the recent over-inflation rises have been marked up as potential over-charging. Ofgem has asked for details of how and when ...

17 August

Npower latest to raise gas and electricity prices

Yellow flameEnergy supplier Npower has become the fifth of the UK's 'Big Six' energy suppliers to raise the prices for its gas and electricity. The company said this week that 3.3 million customers will see price rises of 15.7 per cent for gas and 7.2 per cent for electricity from October. The average annual increase will ...

11 August

Energy customers on cheapest deals face steepest rises

Electrical dischargeThe glut of gas and electricity price rises by four of the UK's 'Big Six' energy suppliers is set to hit energy customers in the pocket. However, the four energy suppliers who have already announced rises - E.ON, British Gas, Scottish Power and Scottish and Southern Energy -  have explained their hikes based on standard ...

10 August

Switch energy suppliers now to avoid exit penalties

Woman keeping warm in winterCustomers seeking cheap gas and electricity should switch energy suppliers before recent price rises come into effect - or face having to pay exit penalties. Four of the UK's 'Big Six' energy suppliers have announced price rises for gas and electricity tariffs in recent weeks - with British Gas, Scottish and Southern Power and E.ON ...

09 August

Energy bill rises will "worry" customers this winter - watchdog

Cooking surface and gas ringsA consumer watchdog has warned that rising fuel bills will lead many to worry about the cost of heating their home this winter. Consumer Focus claims the above-inflation rises, of up to 20%, will push heating bills towards the £1,250 a year mark. The warning comes after E.ON became the fourth big energy supplier to ...

08 August

Wholesale gas prices drop to 2011 low

Blue flames of gasThe biggest energy companies in the UK are raising gas and electricity prices, blaming soaring wholesale costs for the hikes. And because the "Big Six" energy firms supply gas and electricity to 99% of the country, almost every household is affected when bills rise. E.ON became the latest of the "Big Six" to announce price ...

05 August

E.ON raises gas and electricity prices

House inside a lightbulbEnergy supplier E.ON has become the latest to raise its gas and electricity prices. The company was widely expected to raise the price of its fuel bills after British Gas, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Power announced hikes. Like those three, E.ON has blamed soaring wholesale prices for the rises. The average dual fuel ...

04 August

Green alternative for gas and electricity

Green Energy PlugA green energy company has announced it is freezing its energy prices until 2012 - at a time when the Big Six energy companies are ramping up gas and electricity bills. Good Energy has not raised its electricity prices since August 2008. And this week, it has pledged to freeze its fees until 2012. It ...

03 August

Ways to save money on gas and electricity bills

Electrical dischargeThree of the UK's "Big Six" energy suppliers have hiked their bills by up to 20% - meaning most families will face an extra £190 on their fuel bill this year. Scottish and Southern Energy, Scottish Power and British Gas have all announced hikes on gas and electricity prices. EDF Energy, Npower and E.ON are ...

02 August

Labour seeks to rally public against "Big Six" energy suppliers

Cooking surface and gas ringsLabour leader Ed Miliband is hoping to spark a revolt against the "Big Six" energy firms after a series of huge price rises for gas and electricity. Mr Miliband is believed to be hoping to capitalise on the recent public outcry against Rupert Murdoch by encouraging a consumer revolution over energy bills. The Big Six ...

01 August

Npower and E.ON 'to follow British Gas energy price rises'

Electricty pylonTwo more of the "Big Six" energy suppliers, E.ON and Npower, are expected to announce price rises for electricity and gas this week, according to the Independent. It reports that the 30% rise in wholesale gas prices is pushing energy companies to make bills more expensive. Npower and E.ON will follow Scottish Power, Scottish and ...