New Which? research finds that two thirds of consumers (66%) are planning to cut back on Christmas spending this year.
The top ways people are cutting back are by buying cheaper Christmas food (25%), spending less on decorations (23%) and spending less on entertainment (22%) like going to pantomimes. One in ten people (11%) are even cutting back on the electricity they use for Christmas lights. Continue reading
Research from Churchill Home Insurance highlights how we isolate ourselves from our closest neighbours, with 17% of people admitting they have not spoken to any of their neighbours in over a month, rising to three in ten (29%) of 18-34s.
Despite often living just a few meters away, over half (51%) of those with neighbours admit they cannot recall their first names and 70% are unaware of their full names. Continue reading
UK consumers estimate they will spend an average of £613 on energy over the next six months – but Gocompare.com estimates average bills could be £867.21.
October marks the traditional central heating switch-on for UK households, and new research carried out by Gocompare.com has revealed that one in four (25%) people – that’s 6.6 million homes across the country – expect to be cold this winter because of the cost of energy. Nearly a third (31%) are worried that they won’t be able to afford to heat their homes as much as they’d like to. Continue reading
After a prolonged period of economic uncertainty, the majority of construction companies in the UK and worldwide are confident about the growth prospects of their industry, with a large number of firms reporting increased order books, pipeline and profit margins and many planning to expand either into new regions or new sectors such as power and energy, a survey by KPMG has found.
KPMG’s Global Construction Survey 2013: Ready for the Next Big Wave reveals that almost three quarters of companies in the UK (73%) are “positive” or “very positive” when asked to describe their medium-term outlook (next two to five years). Continue reading
It’s not long before the clocks go back, the temperatures drop and the nights draw in – bringing winter ever closer.
However, if you are looking to sell your home and demonstrate your energy- saving skills and financial common sense to potential buyers, then now is a good time to start. Continue reading
Householders could get paid hundreds of pounds a year for heat generated by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said.
The tariff levels have been set at 7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps; 12.2p/kWh for biomass boilers; 18.8p/kWh for ground source heat pumps and at least 19.2 p/kWh for solar thermal. Continue reading
A fundamental review of housing design is needed if the UK is to produce successful low carbon homes of the future, a new guide by the NHBC Foundation advises.
The report is the 50th produced by the NHBC Foundation and is the fourth in a series of guides intended to help house builders and designers understand the issues presented by low-energy homes without proposing a specific model for what a 21st Century home might look like. Continue reading
A new £6million competition aimed at getting renewable heating kit into the homes of social tenants across Great Britain has been launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
This new competition, part of the extended Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme announced in March this year, will help registered providers of social housing to install heat pumps, solar thermal panels and biomass boilers. Continue reading
The book is subtitled How To Cut Energy Bills and Make Your Home Warm and Comfortable – a subject that the recent cold weather brings into focus.
Rock, who is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, says insulating all currently un-insulated walls and lofts in Britain’s existing housing stock would yield substantial savings.
He said: "Energy prices have rocketed by up to 50% since September 2010, and look set to continue rising for the foreseeable future. But rather than passively relying on ‘top down’ schemes, such as the Green Deal, enormous numbers of UK households have DIY capabilities – and with Continue reading
An Energy Saving Trust survey has found more than a fifth (21%) of people are "very interested" in fitting insulation to their home, with many keen to cash in on the end of the government’s Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) scheme, which offers grants to pay for cavity wall or loft insulation until 31 December.
The Green Deal, which supersedes CERT, will be officially launched in January – and the Energy Saving Trust is inviting insulation installers to step up and get registered to take advantage of the increased interest in insulation.
The Energy Saving Trust is an independent, trusted organisation which can Continue reading