2012 January news archive


30 January

Fuel Poverty Action Group target energy suppliers with weekend of protests

LightbulbProtestors targeted the offices of energy suppliers over the weekend during a series of planned nationwide activities, according to an article published by the Independent. Members of the Fuel Poverty Action Group organised a series of "Winter Warms Ups," which were carried out at the offices of EDF, E.on, British Gas, npower, Southern & Scottish ...

27 January

npower look to meet demand of medium-sized businesses with new service

Green Energy PlugResearch, conducted by energy supplier, npower, has found that around 44 per cent of medium-sized businesses in the United Kingdom feel that current products don't meet their needs, according to an article published by freshbusinessthinking.com. It was also found that rising gas and electricity prices were presented as a greater risk to the businesses surveyed ...

23 January

Co-operative Energy offers to cover exit penalties for 10,000 new customers

Yellow flameIn a bid to attract new customers, Co-operative Energy, is offering to cover the cost of penalties imposed on customers who wish to switch to one of their tariffs, according to an article published by the UK Press Association. The energy supplier has pledged that it will cover the cost of exit penalties for the ...

20 January

Shop around for energy tariffs - don't let stress set in

Woman keeping warm in winterAs part of the ongoing Big Energy Week, consumers are being urged not to panic about the rising cost of energy prices. Consumer Focus and Energy UK are instead calling on customers to take a simple step to find out whether they are on the best energy tariff; this follows the results of Consumer Focus ...

19 January

Free and discounted home insulation offers available - Big Energy Week

Green Energy PlugWith the Big Energy Week now in full swing, Consumer Focus and Energy UK have called on consumers to improve their home insulation - a step that could reduce the cost of energy bills. Figures released by the Government have shown that around 9.6 million homes in the United Kingdom are without adequate loft insulation; ...

16 January

Big Energy Week begins - with 43% of people worried about bills

Woman keeping warm in winterBig Energy Week begins today (January 16), with new research showing 43% of people are worried they can't afford their next fuel bill. A further 50% claim energy bills will put "strain" on their finances in 2012. Big Energy Week, organised by Citizens Advice, aims to show billpayers there are myriad ways to manage your ...

13 January

British Gas the latest supplier to cut prices

Cooking surface and gas ringsEnergy supplier, British Gas, has followed in the footsteps of EDF Energy by cutting its energy prices, according to an article published by the Daily Mail. The move - which will be implemented immediately - will see electricity prices cut by around five per cent for 5.3 billion British Gas customers. Despite the cut to ...

12 January

Which? research reveals extent of customer disaffection towards energy suppliers

Electrical dischargeRecent research, conducted by Which?,  has found that four out of ten people weren't happy with their energy supplier, according to an article published by the Telegraph. Amongst the most common problems that led to complaints included mistakes featured on bills, meter readings that were not accurate and significant spike in energy prices. Which?'s research ...

12 January

EDF Energy become first of 'big six' to reduce gas prices

Burning Gas OvenOne of the United Kingdom's "Big Six" energy suppliers, EDF Energy, has announced that it will cut its gas prices by around five per cent - and in the process become the first major supplier to implement a price cut. The cuts will come into play from February 7, and will mean that the average ...

11 January

New research reveals fall in wholesale energy prices

Blue flames of gasNew research has shown that wholesale energy prices have fallen during the last couple of months, prompting calls for energy bills to be cut, according to an article published by the Telegraph. The research has suggested that household energy bills should be reduced by around £135 to reflect the fall in wholesale energy prices. A ...

09 January

Ovo Energy reduce tariff prices

Yellow flameFollowing on from last year's energy price hikes, Ovo Energy has followed in the footsteps of Co-Operative Energy in lowering its tariffs, according to an article published by Reuters. Both new and existing customers who renew their contracts will now see a five per cent reduction in fixed dual-fuel rates. The price cut has been ...

06 January

Householders told to expect big energy bills

Cooking surface and gas ringsHouseholders in the United Kingdom have been told to expect a high energy bill for the autumn and winter months, according to an article published by Energy Choices. Although weather conditions during December were mild - meaning households needed to use their central heating less - the rise in energy tariffs is set to wipe ...

05 January

SNP urges "big six" to consider safeguard system

Electrical dischargeThe Scottish National Party (SNP) has urged firms in the "big six" group of energy suppliers to implement safeguards that will see customers alerted when their bills are flagged, according to an article published by Scotsman.com. Under the SNP's proposal, suppliers would have a warning system in place, alerting them of bills that are either ...

04 January

Number of people switching energy suppliers falling

Electrical dischargeDespite a huge number of calls by the Government - a supporter of the upcoming Big Energy Week - for householders to shop around for the best possible energy deals, the Scottish National Party has claimed that the tactic isn't working, according to an article published by Scotsman.com A question in Parliament revealed that even ...

03 January

E.ON study reveals £134m of electricity wasted overcharging gadgets

Green Energy PlugA recent study conducted by E.ON - one of the 'big six' energy suppliers - has revealed that householders across the United Kingdom are wasting around £134 million in electricity each year, simply by overcharging electronic gadgets, according to an article published by the Daily Mail. With many struggling to pay their rising electricity bills ...