We're now gaining significant ground in the battle to give control back to the consumer when it comes to energy suppliers. Ofgem have recently announced a 3-day energy switching policy making it easier for consumers to shop around for the best deal, and Npower have been ordered to pay back money to consumers after a billing blunder. But with the energy landscape changing so rapidly, it's important to know your rights as a consumer...
At long last, efforts to pass more control onto consumers when it comes to their energy providers and tariffs have been successful. Ofgem have agreed a deal with energy firms which will see switching times reduced to just 3 days with a 14 day cooling off period for all customers. Hopefully this will encourage more people to switch more frequently, helping them reduce their energy bills and keep costs down.
Today it was announced that five offshore wind farms and three biomass plants in the UK would receive Government funding. Collectively the eight developments could provide millions of homes with clean energy, but there is a worry they could lead to a short term increase in energy bills. Should we be celebrating or should we really be concerned...?
There has been a media buzz of late about Scotland leaving the United Kingdom, and the campaign has made a lot more headway than people thought it would. While there are many things at stake if Scotland do chose independence, one of elephants in the room is energy. How will Scotland source its energy? Will the UK continue to subside Scotland and pay for their energy? How will it affect bill payers?
It's been argued in many academic and minister circles that the UK is not doing enough to tackle the way the UK heats its homes. In light of the Government's announcement of their 'Community Energy Strategy' and the EU's impending 'Renewable Heat Incentive' it's clear that its on the agenda, but is enough being done to move the UK's residents to more sustainable and cost effective heating solutions?
A new Government commissioned report has surfaced which shows how heating has changed in UK homes since 1970. Forty years ago, central heating wasn't commonplace and many homes would suffer through icy conditions and supplement the home heating in whatever way they could. The report found that, on average, homes are 4 degrees celsius warmer than they were in 1970, but amazing, each household now pays around 18% less than they once did. What does this report reveal about our heating habits and capabilities?
At Eco Stores Direct we're extremely proud to announce a record number of sales as interest in our energy efficient heating products grows ever stronger. Our sub company, Electric Radiators Direct secured strong partnerships with green technology manufacturers and suppliers of some of the most energy efficient heating products in the world, and we're thrilled to announce sales in excess of £1m after less than a year in business. We believe in our products and it's clear that our customers do too - in a period of concern over rising energy bills, electric radiators are an excellent way to gain more control over your central heating and keep costs down.
Currently, many of the areas ripe with shale gas are under UK neighbourhoods. At the moment, shale gas operators need to request the permission of homeowners before they drill for gas under their homes, but that could all be set to change as ministers review laws preventing them from going ahead regardless. These 'trespass' laws are being examined to make it easier for energy companies to engage in shale gas exploration. With fracking already a touchy subject for many as a source of energy, it'll be interesting to see how this one plays out.
The Prime Minister’s main argument for shale gas extraction through fracking is that it will boost Britain’s economy and encourage business to come back to the isles. At the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland he predictably brought up the success of fracking in the US and how it was “flooring energy prices”, but what does fracking mean for Britain? Is cameron using the promise of low cost energy to prop up shale gas exploration?
Last week we advised many of you to begin looking at switching your energy suppliers in response to the big six price hikes. Not only would this help the energy market, but you could also find some excellent deals to be had by deviating from mainstream suppliers. But with so many tariffs out there it can be difficult to know where to start. Here is some of the most common terminology explained to help you with your searches…