Almost a quarter of Brits ‘concerned they are unable to meet fuel bills this winter’

A new report shows of the poorest English and Welsh households, 40% are worried they wouldn’t be able to pay their gas and electricity bills

Wales consults on new plans to further reduce fuel poverty by 2035

One of the key proposals will see continuous investment to deliver home energy efficiency improvements through the Warm Homes Programme

VAT subsidy on domestic gas ‘mostly benefits wealthier households’

The government is being urged to end the 5% VAT rate on domestic heating fuels and redistribute the revenues to help those on low incomes to heat their homes

Pensioners peeved with rocketing energy bills

Pensioners bearing placards berated the Government and power companies outside the British Gas AGM on Monday. ELN found out why they were so unhappy.

Poor households ‘paying more for carbon cutting’

Poor households are paying more for cutting carbon than wealthier ones, according to new research. The charity Joseph Rowntree Foundation commissioned a report from the Centre for Sustainable Energy which found the poorest fifth of the population have already well outdone the Government’s carbon reduction target for 2020. Their direct household carbon emissions – for […]

Schools could save £70m by being efficient

UK schools could save around £70 million a year by implementing energy efficient measures. The Carbon Trust is writing to all schools and education authorities urging them to be more efficient to cut their £500 million a year fuel bill and save up to £21,500 every year. Reducing their energy costs could also cut emissions […]

EU bank provides £1.3m support for UK energy scheme

An energy efficiency scheme in Birmingham has received funding worth £1.3 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) initiative is expected to help install energy saving measures such as new boilers, improved insulation and solar panels in 60,000 households in the city. Councillor James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, […]

500,000 drop out of fuel poverty – but not for long

The number of households in fuel poverty dropped by 500,000 in the year up to April 2011, government figures show. However charities are warning the government could fail to squash fuel poverty by its own 2016 deadline as this drop could be reversed over the course of this year. The figures released today show the amount […]

London scheme plans solar and efficiency measures for 55,000 homes

A scheme backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson plans to put solar panels and other efficiency measures in 50,000 homes by March 2012. The RE:NEW scheme has so far installed solar panels in 1,500 housing association homes. Over 1700 houses in Lewisham, Waltham Forest, Newham and Barking and Dagenham have been treated with energy and […]

Consumer Focus says Ofgem must act on bills

Consumer Focus have responded to E.ON’s announcement of price rises today by saying customers need protecting. With an 18.1% rise for gas and11.4% for electricity, E.ON is the fourth of the big six to announce huge hikes in bills. Mike O’Connor, Chief Executive of Consumer Focus said: “Yet another price rise will leave the average […]