Author Archives: Richard Milward

  1. Briefing on Energy

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    The BBC has launched BBC briefing, a mini-series of in-depth, downloadable guides to the big issues of the day – starting with Energy:

    “Our dual needs to save the planet and power our modern lives have thrown a spotlight on the way we produce and use energy.

    Bombarded by often contradictory information about energy consumption and the urgency of our climate change goals, people are demanding better explanation of the facts behind the rhetoric.”

     

  2. Energy prices are set to fall – but will still be higher than they were in January

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    The price of energy is set to fall for millions of British households this October after the regulator, Ofgem, lowered price caps. However, bills will still be higher than they were in January when the first price cap came into force.

    Ofgem sets maximum prices that can be charged for gas and electricity to those who have not switched suppliers and are on default tariffs. Audrey Gallacher, Director of Policy at Energy UK, said:

    “The vast majority of a typical energy bill is made up of costs that are outside of an energy company’s direct control, with wholesale costs accounting for the biggest proportion.  Today’s announcement reflects that there’s been a fall in wholesale costs since Ofgem last set the cap level.

    “It remains a challenging environment for suppliers of all sizes but a competitive market means that customers can benefit from increased choice and good deals – either by contacting their own supplier or joining the near half a million customers that switch provider every month. Also, to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050, we must increase the energy efficiency of our homes which will save customers potentially hundreds of pounds by using less energy.”

    Contact Act on Energy TODAY for help and advice on switching energy suppliers and making your home more energy efficient.

     

  3. Trial a RadBot – and get £150!

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    Volunteers are needed to trial the ‘RadBot’ – a new innovative technology that heats up rooms when occupied and reduces the temperature when they are empty. It is claimed to help reduce heating bills by up to 30% – that’s equivalent to around £180 per year for a typical semi-detached home.

    Eligible householders will receive £150 of shopping vouchers and keep the RadBots in their home.

    Volunteers must:

    • Be ECO3 or ECOflex eligible (see here for details).
    • Have a gas boiler with radiators and standard heating controls including programmer, room thermostat and TRVs (thermostatic radiator valves) fitted to the majority of radiators.
    • Have a WiFi connection.
    • Provide access to their property for installation of the Radbots and monitoring equipment connected to their router and for subsequent visits to aid with ongoing monitoring.
  4. Trust an ECO trader

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    Home energy improvements delivered through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will only be done by trusted tradesmen, under new government plans.

    The new ‘Each Home Counts’ quality mark, delivered by ‘TrustMark’, will help reassure households having work done on their homes that the companies have met the appropriate standards for installing insulation and new central heating systems in their homes.

    Consumers who want energy efficiency measures installed on their own homes will be able to search the TrustMark website for trusted and certified tradesmen, checking their installers are recognised before they start work on their homes.

    Customers can already access free and impartial advice on reducing their energy bills, making their homes warmer and planning green home improvements from Simple Energy Advice.

  5. Warm Home Discount available!

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    Energy companies are beginning to announce their Warm Home Discount schemes are available. This is a one-off payment of £140 towards the energy bills of those who need it most in England, Scotland and Wales. If you are in the Core Group, you automatically qualify and do not need to apply. If you are in the Broader Group, you need to apply. Click here to see if your energy company is part of the scheme. If the scheme is not yet open you may be able to register your interest.

    These are the companies who have WHD schemes available so far – click on your Energy Supplier to go to their WHD page:

    EDF Energy

    nPower

    ScottishPower

    Utilita

    Utility Warehouse

  6. Act on Energy Vulnerable Customer Support Campaigner of the Year

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    Act on Energy has won the award for Vulnerable Customer Support Campaigner of the Year at this year’s West Midlands Energy Efficiency Awards. This award recognises the excellent work Act on Energy is doing to implement energy efficiency schemes that help homeowners reduce their energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and reduce Carbon emissions – and to help encourage best practice within the Energy Industry as it works to improve UK housing stock.

  7. Act on Energy shortlisted for West Midlands Energy Efficiency Awards

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    Act on Energy has been shortlisted for the Energy Efficiency Awards 2019, with the results to be announced at a presentation event on Friday 12th April. The aim of the Energy Efficiency Awards is to provide public recognition for the excellent work the Energy Efficiency sector is doing in implementing these schemes. And to help encourage best practice within the Energy Industry as it works to improve UK housing stock. Fingers crossed!

  8. “Oh yes it is!”

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    Energy efficiency is the ‘Cinderella’ of cutting carbon emissions.

    Studies show that although renewable energy grabs the spotlight, humble energy efficient products like LED light bulbs and fridges have cut more carbon emissions. See the full report here. Act on Energy can install energy saving measures like LED light bulbs, draughtproofing, radiator reflectors and standby plugs as part of a LEAP home visit. Phone Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881 to book your LEAP visit. See this page for more details.