Tagged with 'EnergyUK'

Some gadgets and tools to help you save energy this winter

We're always on the lookout to save energy and cut back on our expenditure, but it isn't easy when the cold season comes. At Eco Stores Direct we've got a wide range of energy saving products, from energy efficient electric radiators to stylish infrared heating panels, but what if haven't upgraded your heating system yet? There are still some interesting ways you can save energy that you perhaps hadn't even thought of...

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15 million homes will be 'rationing' their energy this winter. Will you?

According to a recent poll by uSwitch, the energy comparison company, 15 million homes up and down the UK are planning on 'rationing' their energy usage this winter in order to cope with higher than average bill prices. The survey was carried out on 5,300 people from various parts of the country, and the results show a definite wariness of energy usage as we move into the colder season. It's further evidence that people are becoming more energy conscious as prices increase, and as a result it's making people more 'energy responsible'. Every cloud has a silver lining...

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Switching energy suppliers is already getting easier

Are you one of the thousands of UK homeowners that think switching energy suppliers is one big headache that you'd rather avoid? Do you put up with higher prices just because you can't be bothered with the hassle of switching? Well SSE have just become the first UK energy supplier to slash their switching times, and soon they'll all be following suit. So perhaps it's time you started shopping around for a better deal on your energy usage?

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Blackouts this winter: Should we be concerned?

You may remember that last year there was a lot of talk of energy capacity and potential blackouts for the UK, and this issue was blown wide open when flooding and torrential weather left hundreds of homes without power over the Christmas period. Well, it's that time of year again, and the media are kicking up a storm, but what is our actual energy capacity and what's likely to happen. Should we be worried at all?

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Why Understanding Energy Bills Need to Change

For the third year in a row now, households in the UK have voted that of all of their household bills, energy bills are the most difficult to understand. While new rules have recently come into effect to make them clearer, bill payers are still struggling to fully understand the complexities of their bills, and what information can be read from them. uSwitch have recently released some striking figures which reveal what the general population currently think about their bills, and the energy companies behind them.

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Bioenergy Contributing To The UK Energy Mix

Every quarter the government reveals an Energy Trends publication, and this quarter revealed a record contribution from bioenergy to keeping our lights on and keeping things moving. Naturally, this is excellent news for the UK as a whole and it's clear that bioenergy is playing a key role in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. It's good news for consumers too, particularly those who've decided to get ahead of the curve and take advantage of cheaper, greener ways of consuming energy.

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Is Gas Costing More Than The Energy Companies Pay

Amid recent reports and figures surfacing this week the controversy surrounding energy company profits and high energy bills has surfaced once again. In the past six months, gas wholesale prices have practically halved, yet customer bills continue to rise. British Gas, who are currently have the biggest share of the market supplying 40% of UK homes, seem to be under renewed fire from angry voices as they announce profits of over £900 million for the first half of 2014.

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Is The UK Energy Industry 'Over-Regulated'?

This week, five former energy regulators came forward and suggested that 'too much regulation' may be to blame for a stifled market and lack of competition among energy suppliers. They also suggested that this over-regulation is to blame for the current high prices we're not paying for energy at home. While this statement is somewhat ironic, and we're currently looking into ways of tightening regulations in order to make the market fairer, there might be something to this.

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Shale Gas Exploration Gets An Unexpected Boost In Support

The Government's former chief scientific advisor on energy has caused a bit of a stir this week. On Tuesday he boldly claimed that shale gas sites (fracking sites) create the 'least visual intrusion' when compared with wind or solar farms when outputting the same level of energy, and that we should be focussing on fracking as viable solution to many of our problems. Naturally, his intervention was appreciated by pro-frackers and fracking groups, but it also reignited the debate on the safety of fracking, and how beneficial it'll be in the long term.

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Why Can't Energy Companies Get Your Bill Right?

We've all experienced it. You get a final bill from your energy provider and have to do a quick double take after opening the envelope to make sure you're not seeing things. Why are final bills never correct? Complaints from customers of all energy companies have shot up over the past 2 years as prices have increased and bills have been more heavily scrutinised. Smart meters have been hailed by the Government as the answer to our problems, but will getting rid of the dreaded 'estimated' bill be the end of our troubles?

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