Energy Efficiency

27 January

npower heat map reveals UK's richest postcodes waste the most energy

A new study has found the UK's richest postcodes are guilty of wasting the most energy. Areas including Kensington, Westminster and Chelsea were found to waste the most energy through heat loss in the npower research. By comparison, houses in Scotland Outer Hebrides and Aberdeenshire were mostly well insulated and subsequently wasted far less energy ...

19 August

New study reveals UK homeowners have cut down energy use by a quarter

New research has shown the average household in England and Wales has cut down its energy use by a quarter in the last six years.

22 July

Government to offer communities cash incentives to host nuclear plants

The government is hoping to entice a number of UK communities to embrace nuclear power by offering millions of pounds for them to host new nuclear power plants.

19 June

DECC: energy efficiency measures can add up to 38% to property value

New research from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has revealed the value of a UK home can go up exponentially if energy-saving measures are fitted. The study of 300,000 property sales revealed house prices could soar in price by as much as 38%, if measures such as a new boiler, fitting loft ...

03 June

Blow to the Green Deal as cavity installation figures plummet 97%

The number of people installing certain forms of insulation in their homes has plummeted - flying in the face of a flagship Government scheme designed to encourage UK residents to do more to improve their homes energy efficiency. The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency has released figures showing the installation of cavity wall insulation was down ...

14 May

£11.7bn smart meter roll-out to 30 million UK homes delayed until 2014

The roll-out of over 30 million smart meters to UK homes is set to be delayed by more than a year, the Government has confirmed. The £11.7bn project was set to roll-out in 2014, but has now been delayed until the autumn of 2015 with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) suggesting the ...

25 April

First Utility Customers To Be Hit With Price Hike

First Utility is set to scrap its iSave V12 tariff, leaving customers with 19% more to pay each month, on average. Over a year, this amounts to an average of around £200. Customers on the iSave V12 tariff will automatically switch to the iSave Everyday tarrif on June 1. Although the 19% price rise is ...

08 March

Energy secretary Ed Davey: Green Deal interest rates not excessive

Ed Davey has defended the interest rates on the Government's flagship Green Deal scheme. The energy secretary claimed that the interest rates of around seven per cent were not excessive. Speaking to delegates at Ecobuild, Mr Davey said: "I would not expect many people to apply for finance yet. It's a bit too early, "I ...

22 February

European Commission take UK Government to court over Green Deal tax cuts

The Government's Green Deal has come under fire from the European Commission for allegedly breaking EU rules on tax regulation.

19 February

Ofgem chief executive warns energy customers on chance of higher bills

The chief executive of Ofgem has warned gas and electricity customers they could face higher energy bills as the country becomes more reliant on sources from outside the UK.