Four of the big six energy companies will now automatically refund direct debits to customers who are in credit.
While EON were already doing this, negotiations chaired by Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker have resulted in EDF, British Gas and SSE plus First Utility following suit and passing consumers money back to them. Continue reading →
An interactive guide to organising community events, published by the Cabinet Office, will dispel a raft of inaccurate myths leading, it is hoped, to a surge in community events over the coming year.
Despite the success of community-led events around the Olympics and Jubilee, research by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills found that existing guidance lacked clarity and focused too much on what organisers could not do when organising charity fund-raisers, street parties or school fetes. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →