Be an Energy Smart Shopper

How to Get a Better Energy Deal

Getting a better deal on your home energy supply has never been easier. This is because Ofgem, the energy regulator, has made important changes which are designed to make it easier to shop around and get a better energy deal. … Continue reading

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Are we set for a Community Energy Revolution?

This month sees the start of the UK’s first ever Community Energy Fortnight. Running from the 24th August to the 8th September, the campaign aims to get people inspired about community energy through a programme of talks and tours around … Continue reading

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Visiting the world’s smartest energy users

You may have noticed that we’ve been a bit quiet here on the blog, and that’s because I’ve been away on holiday in Iceland. This in itself isn’t that relevant to Be Energy Smart until you realise that Iceland may … Continue reading

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A look at the future: Cheaper or free electricity if customers avoid the busy ‘One Show’ slot

Energy provider British Gas are conducting a range of smart meter trials in homes across the UK in a bid to save themselves, and us, some dosh. Homes in Sunderland and Newcastle fitted with the new meters are being offered … Continue reading

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Solar PV Feed-In Tariff rates frozen until January

Last week Ofgem confirmed that following July’s cuts to the Feed-In Tariff rates for Solar PV, the rates will remain at July-October levels for all installations fitted before the 1st January 2014. The rates are as follows for installations below … Continue reading

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New Grant scheme for Home Improvements: £20 million Green Deal Communities scheme

Last week the government announce a new scheme designed to target specific streets, selected by Local Authorities as ones that will benefit from Green Deal Improvements. The idea is that is it more effective to deliver energy saving measures, particularly … Continue reading

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The Renewable Heat Incentive has finally launched

After some delay DECC this week confirmed that it’s planned domestic ‘Pay-As-You-Generate’ renewable heat scheme The Renewable Heat Incentive is ready to launch. Under the scheme, participants will be paid a set amount per kWh of heat generated using their … Continue reading

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Use the Heat Wave to save on heating bills for years to come

You may think we’re mad for even thinking about heating with the weather we’ve been having, but now is absolutely the best time to get your heating properly working and fully up to date before the colder months creep in. … Continue reading

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The link between energy efficiency and higher property values

Much has been made by supporters of the Green Deal and the EPC (Energy Performance certificates) about the new study sponsored by the government into the effect of installing energy efficiency measures that increase a home’s EPC on the value … Continue reading

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DECC announces launch of the Rural Community Energy Fund – giving grants and loans to set up renewable energy in your community

Last week DECC announced that £15 million worth of funding will be made available to support English rural communities in creating their own renewable energy plants. Known as the Rural Community Energy Fund, or RCEF for short, the fund will … Continue reading

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