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.... The committee says to meet its target to abolish fuel poverty, the government must double current investment. Last week BBC News revealed that in order to meet targets to make all homes energy efficient, 25 million homes need to be refurbished by 2050 - that's 1. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Macquarie declined to comment. It has stakes, either directly or via funds managed by third parties, in 85 projects that vary from an energy efficient street lighting project in Barking and Dagenham, a windfarm in Dumfries and Galloway and biomass plant at Port Talbot, to an energy-from-waste plant in Belfast; it is also helping turkey and chicken food company Bernard Matthews replace its boilers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Low carbon drive 'cuts household bills' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 12:13:08 AM
.... The committee says to meet its target to abolish fuel poverty, the government must double current investment. Last week BBC News revealed that in order to meet targets to make all homes energy efficient, 25 million homes need to be refurbished by 2050 - that's 1. ...
Green Investment Bank: Australian bidder woos MPs as protests continue image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 10:33:25 AM
....Macquarie declined to comment. It has stakes, either directly or via funds managed by third parties, in 85 projects that vary from an energy efficient street lighting project in Barking and Dagenham, a windfarm in Dumfries and Galloway and biomass plant at Port Talbot, to an energy-from-waste plant in Belfast; it is also helping turkey and chicken food company Bernard Matthews replace its boilers. ...
Mackay to set out Scottish government budget plans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 12:01:59 AM
....The Scottish Greens have also previously called for more "progressive" taxation via a series of new rates and thresholds. Co-convener Patrick Harvie put forward a lengthy list of "areas for action in the budget", including "fair funding for local authorities", a top-up of child benefit, a new benefit for young carers, investment in GPs, and green initiatives like low-carbon transport and energy efficient housing. ...
Bright light image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of October 2016 11:02:54 PM
.... It's not so humble anymore. Not only are light bulbs getting sharper and more energy efficient as they are upgraded to LEDs, but they increasingly help fight crime, promote safe cycling and even protect turtles. ...
Housing bodies welcome end of Right to Buy in Scotland image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 31st of July 2016 09:15:10 AM
...."SFHA and its members long campaigned for an end to RTB, and warmly welcomes the end of a policy which has led to a considerable reduction in the availability of truly affordable social rented homes and contributed to the growing intergenerational inequality in terms of access to affordable quality housing. "Going forward, we have a chance in Scotland to adopt a housing policy that is focused on the supply of well-designed, energy efficient social rented homes that are truly affordable to people on low incomes. ...

'Green tax' to hit landlords with £5,000 bill on buy-to-let homes
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 30th of July 2016 04:00:00 PM
. Hundreds of thousands of buy-to-let homeowners will have to pay  a “green tax” of up to £5,000 to make their properties more energy efficient, the Telegraph has learnt. ...

Historic solar flight completes first round-the-world journey
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of July 2016 04:42:52 AM
....In a statement this week, Mr Borschberg said it was no longer a question of whether it's possible to fly without fuel or polluting emissions. "By flying around the world thanks to renewable energy and clean technologies, we have demonstrated that we can now make our world more energy efficient," he said. ...
Green Deal energy loans had 'abysmal' take-up: MPs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of July 2016 01:06:23 AM
....The UK's 27 million homes account for more than a quarter of the total energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions. The housing stock is among the least energy efficient in Europe, which meant higher energy bills, harm to the environment and poorer health for those living in colder homes. ...
Tata windfall from carbon permits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 8th of April 2016 09:14:25 AM
.... . One report says the amount netted by industry over the period is more than 10 times the amount the EU has spent on innovation under the EUETS to make firms more energy efficient. ...
Home extension or loft conversion 'can add 20% to house value' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 27th of March 2016 04:12:24 PM
....”. For those who do not relish the prospect of building work, Gardner suggested that another way to potentially make a property more attractive was to make it energy efficient, for example through better insulation and double glazing. ...
Will smart meters be worth the money? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 26th of March 2016 02:12:32 AM
.... . The Department of Energy and Climate Change says: "Smart meters will help families and businesses take control of their energy use, bringing an end to estimated bills and helping bill payers to become more energy efficient. ...
Nearly 1 in 5 home appliances uses more energy than advertised, survey finds image
....But a spokeswoman for the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (Amdea) said that talk of its members failing to meet EU ecodesign targets was a “big if”. She said: “Our members are very committed to this legislation and have spent a great deal of money on ensuring that their products are more energy efficient. ...
Can Apple's $1.5bn green bond inspire more environmental investments? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 20th of March 2016 04:19:29 AM
....Apple’s $1. 5bn green bond, announced last month, will fund several initiatives, including the company’s conversion to 100% renewable energy, installation of more energy efficient heating and cooling systems and an increase in the company’s use of biodegradable materials. ...
Solar storage tiles and paint: how to make old homes more energy efficient image
....Much of the discussion around energy efficiency measures in the home centres on new buildings. Yet given the majority of Australians live in older homes (for example, 86% of homes in Victoria were built before 2005 when minimum energy efficiency requirements were introduced), making existing housing stock more energy efficient would have a positive environmental and financial impact – as well as potentially save lives. ...
Report calls for lower stamp duty on UK's energy-efficient homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of March 2016 06:30:18 AM
. The stamp duty paid on energy efficient homes should be up to £5,000 less than on leaky, hard-to-heat homes, according to a new report that says the government is doing far too little to cut energy waste. ...
How many companies does it take to change a lightbulb? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of February 2016 11:00:05 AM
....Commercial and residential buildings accounted for 41% of all energy produced in the US in 2014, with nearly half of the country’s carbon emissions coming from business and industrial structures. Designing buildings to use energy efficiently – like installing lights that provide the same brightness using less energy, or insulating rooms well to reduce the need for heating and cooling – could save businesses a significant amount of money and reduce their carbon footprint. ...
Legal & General to build and rent out 3,000 new UK homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of January 2016 10:28:44 AM
.... “People see the quality of modern modular housing. It’s hugely energy efficient and the costs are competing quite significantly against traditional build. ...
'Natural' gas not as good as solar – despite the gas industry's best efforts image
.... A heat pump hot water system, using ambient heat from the air around your home, which is essentially another form of solar energy, is highly efficient and is another form of renewable energy. The latest heat pump hot water systems are much more energy efficient (pdf) and cheaper to run than either instantaneous gas systems or off-peak electric hot water systems. ...
The five ethical stories that will define the next decade image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of January 2016 02:43:06 PM
....6tn) in worldwide subsidies every year – that’s $10m a minute – exceeding global spending on health. Pricing carbon fuels to reflect their true social and environmental impacts will help to speed up the transition to renewable energy and more energy efficient living standards. ...
Terrified of cold calling? How to succeed at sales as an introvert image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of January 2016 08:33:35 AM
....”. As she says: “You have to figure out what is the most energy efficient way to reach people who need to hear your message. ...
Corking climate change: sustainable practices bear fruit in champagne production image
.... The second floor of the building makes use of natural light to brighten up the space during the day, and efficient insulation keeps the building warm. The floor below houses a new, more energy efficient grape press. ...
Ethical spending rose in 2014 but solar cuts could hit this year's figures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of December 2015 12:01:10 AM
....However, the report’s authors warned that recent government changes such as cuts to subsidies for householders installing rooftop solar panels would make it tougher to repeat this growth in spending on low carbon home energy and cars. The overall value of sales for a sector that spans charity shops, vegetarian food and energy efficient lightbulbs, rose to £38bn in 2014 from £35bn the previous year, according to the latest to the ethical consumer markets report from the magazine Ethical Consumer and Triodos Bank. ...
Where’s the science? Businesses aren’t setting the right climate targets to make a difference image
....Environmental groups argue that setting aggressive carbon goals is good business because they drive efficiency, spur innovation and enhance corporate reputations. But companies, while eager to save money by becoming more energy efficient, remain reluctant to spend money on low-carbon energy so long as fossil fuels remain cheaper. ...
Warning on new energy efficiency scheme image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 26th of November 2015 09:25:26 AM
.... . Its chief executive Gillian Guy said, "Making homes more energy efficient is key to achieving long-term savings on energy bills so it is important the remaining budget is spent on those who really need it. ...
Green campaigners condemn cuts to energy-efficiency scheme image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of November 2015 07:43:39 PM
....Related: George Osborne taps £27bn windfall for tax credits U-turn. The money is spent on making the housing stock more energy efficient by installing loft and cavity wall insulation. ...
Government ‘must do more to help vulnerable households this winter’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of November 2015 07:00:31 AM
.... This requires the big energy firms to offer free cavity wall and/or loft insulation to those on pension credit or who claim various benefits. Local authorities also offer grants to local residents to help them pay for energy efficient measures. ...
A Lidl bigger: £1.5bn store expansion to include self-checkouts and toilets image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of November 2015 06:07:55 PM
.... “This forms a key part of our business model, which enables us to keep prices low and the quality of our products high,” he said. As well as wider aisles, the stores will include better facilities for shop workers such as energy efficient LED lighting. ...
The skyscraper at the heart of the debate over America’s green building standard image
....How did a somewhat wonky design standard become such a strong marketing tool? And what are the lessons – and warnings – that other sustainability initiatives can learn from its success?. Leed did not invent energy efficient, environmentally responsible design. ...
Gas or electric induction hob? What’s best for our new kitchen image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 31st of October 2015 07:00:14 AM
.... He wants a gas hob for our hew kitchen, I want an electric induction hob. He says gas is more “controllable” but I think the induction hobs are just as fast and responsive – and more energy efficient. ...
Eight of the UK's most energy efficient workplaces – in pictures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of October 2015 02:30:55 PM
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Bompas & Parr hatch madcap scheme to drag iceberg from Canada to New York  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 12th of October 2015 04:51:38 PM
.... The pair call themselves 'food architects'. “We’ve done our research and we’ve worked out that it would be 1,000 times more energy efficient to do this than to use a conventional ice maker to chill the same number of drinks. ...
A zero waste business policy is now easier to implement than you think image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of October 2015 03:54:28 PM
....Follow Your Heart, the company behind vegetarian and vegan products like Vegenaise, an egg-free mayonnaise, has taken a holistic approach in its efforts to become zero waste by 2016. Its Chatsworth, California, manufacturing facility, known as “Earth Island”, includes skylights, recycled carpeting, tankless hot water heaters, energy efficient lighting systems and environmentally friendly refrigeration. ...
£84: savings per year from switching off a single light image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of September 2015 08:11:21 AM
.... . The EU is planning to phase out halogen bulbs in the future in a bid to become more energy efficient. ...
How to make your workplace more sustainable – live chat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of September 2015 12:21:50 PM
....In this Q&A we’ll discuss the environmental impact of your workplace. So how eco-friendly is your business? Does your team use resources responsibly or is there more you could do? Which are the best gadgets for making your office more energy efficient? There are many apps available for tracking your energy use or controlling the temperature of a room remotely. ...
The node pole: inside Facebook's Swedish hub near the Arctic Circle image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 25th of September 2015 11:28:00 AM
.... Pull up a 2008 photo and it will be conjured from a server here too, with data storage now a multi-billion dollar industry. According to Facebook, its Luleå warehouse is the most energy efficient computing facility ever built. ...
Halogen ovens vs conventional ovens: which is cheaper? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of September 2015 09:56:26 AM
.... But they are still comparatively uncommon, and far from best-sellers. Amazon says the real sales growth is in other, energy efficient cooking ware, such as pressure cookers and slow cookers, where sales are up 400pc year-on-year. ...
Climate leaders should work with oil companies to put a price on carbon image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of September 2015 04:17:55 PM
....3tn in worldwide subsidies every year – that’s $10m a minute – exceeding global spending on health. Pricing carbon fuels to reflect their true social and environmental impacts will help to speed up the transition to renewable energy and more energy efficient living standards. ...
The Crusader: To the rescue on window pain caused by cowboy builders image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 14th of September 2015 12:01:00 AM
....Replacing the defective work would cost £500 but Window Warranty will not charge the Castles and will only bill £75 for the fitting. It is also going to install energy efficient glass in the front and back doors as a further goodwill gesture. ...
EEF calls on Downing Street to scrap 'complex' energy tax system image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of September 2015 11:01:16 PM
.... Affected companies must pay a top up fee if the price of CO2 falls below a certain level. The carbon reduction commitment is a system for encouraging certain kinds of companies to become more energy efficient or face financial penalties. ...
Women frozen out by office air-con systems designed for male comfort, scientists find image
....”. This in turn was likely to make office heating and cooling systems less energy efficient than they could be, they added. ...
Is signing up for a smart meter such a bright idea? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of August 2015 09:32:00 AM
....If you leave the tap running while brushing your teeth, you squander six litres of water every minute. Only using your dishwasher when fully loaded and using energy efficient washing machine cycles can also help evaporate your water bills, Kelly says. ...
The recovery seems to be strong – but a rate rise will bring it crashing down image
.... In her first major speech on global warming on Friday, Rudd insisted climate change was a dangerous threat she took most seriously and which would be tackled for the sake of families and businesses alike. But this was the same Rudd who earlier in the week had overseen the scrapping of the Green Deal scheme to make homes more energy efficient and the end of certain solar subsidies. ...
Funding for Green Deal scheme ended image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of July 2015 03:09:11 PM
....The Green Deal was launched by the previous coalition government, and applies in England, Wales and Scotland. Under the scheme, householders can use cheap long-term loans to make their homes more energy efficient and cut bills with no upfront cost - and which are then repaid, with interest, through energy bills. ...
SNP demands wind farm subsidy U-turn image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of July 2015 12:07:07 AM
....Ms Sturgeon said: "I wish to stress my concern about the implications of the policy for this year's crucial UN (climate) talks in Paris. So far this year you have spoken out on climate change, pledging 'to accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient low carbon economy'. ...
Is this Britain's home of the future? First 'bill-free and energy-positive' house built  image
.... First, the home reduces energy demand through high levels of thermal insulation and reduced air leakage. The design is also energy efficient design with low carbon cement, structural insulated panels (SIPS), external insulated render, transpired solar collectors and low emissivity double glazed aluminium clad timber frame windows and doors. ...
The 'impossible' zero-carbon house image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of July 2015 11:05:08 PM
....The government has also cut funds for home energy efficiency as part of its austerity drive. A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: "The government is not proceeding with the zero carbon buildings policy and will instead give developers the time they need to build energy efficient homes required by recent changes brought in during the last parliament to building regulations to improve efficiency. ...
Green campaigners condemn review of Europe's emissions trading image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of July 2015 06:12:22 PM
....74%. The scheme is meant to encourage companies to become more energy efficient but many European businesses argue it will lead to “carbon leakage” – the CO2 just being burned abroad by lower-cost rivals outside the ETS zone. ...
EU condemns British homeowners to continued energy bill misery due to new ruling image
.... But last month the ECJ said the incentive violated the EU's VAT Directive, which only allows reductions on rates in the housing sector if it's part of a social policy. The Treasury had tried to argue that the Green Deal, a scheme that aims to make homes more energy efficient is a social policy, but was shot down by the EU. ...
Observer Ethical Awards 2015 winners: Plymouth Energy Community image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of July 2015 09:00:04 PM
.... Established in 2013, PEC has grown from a council initiative into a large community-led operation offering many different services to help the people of Plymouth. “Our volunteer-training programme means we now have a whole team that goes out to people’s houses to give advice on how to become more energy efficient,” says Knowles. ...
Warning over smart meter rollout image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 13th of June 2015 12:04:03 AM
....In the near future this will be even easier as the "internet of things" takes hold. This means new devices will come onto the market which will communicate with the smart meter and switch themselves on and off at the most energy efficient times. ...
Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner lifts off in near-vertical ascent image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 12th of June 2015 08:49:23 AM
.... . The $250m plane can carry can carry 280 passengers more than 8,000 miles, and is very energy efficient. ...
Safeguarding our sustainable future through the power of communications image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of June 2015 10:37:26 AM
....4bn on carbon abating BT products, services and solutions. These include cloud computing, which is a much more energy efficient way for businesses to manage their data needs. ...
Ikea commits €1bn to sustainability and leads a roster of green companies trying to change the world image
.... . The company has also sought to change details in its manfacturing - such as developing more energy efficient LED lightbulbs and using more sustainable sources for cotton, paper and wood. ...
How a circular economy could improve people’s lives image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 28th of May 2015 11:57:18 AM
.... The calculation is made by combining the numbers of people touched by our products with the number of those products we delivered in a year. New products we create must also be energy efficient and measured both in terms of customer satisfaction, and for social and environmental impact, which is why product specific eco-requirements and eco-performance labels remain important. ...
Growth at all costs: climate change, fossil fuel subsidies and the Treasury image
....It is not far from the centre of the granite city to the poorer wards, though, where like so many places, people struggling to pay ever-increasing energy bills are still forced to live in cold, damp, poorly insulated homes. It seems incongruous then that in the last parliament the government gave the oil and gas industry billions of pounds in tax breaks and subsidies, while it spent barely £400m making buildings more energy efficient. ...
The UK town that loves solar power image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 22nd of May 2015 09:00:28 PM
....". You will get a higher subsidy if your home is already energy efficient - rating at least a Band D on its Energy Proficiency Certificate (EPC). ...
Fuel poverty killed 15,000 people last winter image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Thursday 30th of April 2015 07:56:32 PM
....”. Making the homes of the fuel poor energy efficient is the most effective way to combat cold home deaths, reduce energy bills and bring them out of fuel poverty, says Energy Bill Revolution. ...
The tech that rocks the cradle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of April 2015 10:54:31 PM
....And a proximity sensor can trigger alarms if a child crawls out of a defined area. Only in the last few years, says Mrs Hancock, has bluetooth technology become sufficiently energy efficient. ...
3D building models help bring sustainability into construction image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of April 2015 01:40:37 PM
....Whether you’re building a hospital or a skyscraper, a bridge or a road, the beauty of BIM is that it allows the user to run computer simulations which help those involved in the project’s evolution understand how the building behaves long before construction begins. Related: Spacehus sets a new standard for energy efficient homes. ...
Europe's ban on 'wasteful' gadgets – does it cost or save? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 16th of March 2015 07:30:52 AM
.... Britons are broadly supportive of using more efficient devices, according to a recent survey by the Women’s Institute. It said 87pc of people thought that moves to encourage manufacturers to be more energy efficient were a good way of lowering energy bills and wastage. ...
Microwave vs hob: Can it really cut £60 a year off my energy bill? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of March 2015 04:23:40 PM
....” . Phil Lamb, of Zenith Home, an energy efficiency company, agreed that using a microwave was more energy efficient than using a hob and also cheaper. ...
Apple Watch prices and apps revealed image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 9th of March 2015 07:35:19 PM
Sparks fly over Big Six’s growing profit margins image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 07:17:25 PM
....”. “If we are to end this needless suffering, we must make the homes of the fuel poor super energy efficient and roll out a national programme, supported by infrastructure funds, that would save UK households billions, slash gas imports and create over 100,000 jobs,” said Mr Matthew. ...
Ikea sales up 5.9pc but profits flat after aggressive price cuts image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of January 2015 12:51:39 PM
.... The firm recently said that Britons spent £1. 4bn at Ikea in the year to November, with demand for energy efficient kitchen appliances and sofa beds boosting UK sales, reflecting the fact that more people are living in small spaces. ...
Half of fuel-poor households in work, Policy Exchange says image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of January 2015 11:41:42 AM
....Policy Exchange said the problem was most severe in older detached homes, which are off the national grid and tend to be in rural areas. It claimed the government was spending less than half of what was required to make the affected homes energy efficient. ...
Renters: How to get your landlord to pay for home improvements image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of December 2014 08:03:36 AM
.... If you want to reduce energy bills in your rented home, talk to your landlord about a government scheme called the “Green Deal”. It subsidises home improvements that could save make the home more energy efficient, for example insulation, heating, draught-proofing, double glazing, renewable energy generation such as solar panels. ...
Will I save by ditching my tumble drier for a heated clothes airer? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of December 2014 11:10:50 AM
.... . The most energy efficient models - gas-vented dryers and condenser dryers with heat pumps - run for as little as £0. ...
Locals in Staffordshire to save hundreds after new council-backed project to install solar panels image
....Imagine yourself in the same position. The most vulnerable people can’t afford to improve their homes to make them more energy efficient, which is why there are various schemes and grants to help them. ...
....Almost three quarters of people say they are happy to have a smart meter fitted in their home, even though a quarter don’t know what they are or what they do, reckons uSwitch. However the switching site’s research suggests three out of five would use the information from a smart meter to cut down on their energy usage, becoming more energy efficient and lowering bills. ...
Power companies cash in on bespoke deals for businesses image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 30th of November 2014 12:10:00 PM
. Scottish Power, British Gas, nPower and others are seeing growing demand for individual, long-term agreements from business clients that are striving to be more energy efficient. ...
Weekly Money: round-up of the personal finance stories you may have missed 10-14 November image
....The charity is calling on authorities to launch a programme to improve Britain’s ageing housing stock. Its Campaign for Warm Homes is calling on the Government to commit to upgrading all homes to meet higher energy efficient standards. ...
Fuel poverty crisis leave one in three pensioners in turmoil image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of November 2014 12:00:00 AM
....The charity is calling on authorities to launch a programme to improve Britain’s ageing housing stock. Its Campaign for Warm Homes is calling on the Government to commit to upgrading all homes to meet higher energy efficient standards. ...
Green levies on energy bills to double by 2020, official estimates show image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 6th of November 2014 06:05:30 PM
.... . "It's all very well the Government saying that because of its policies energy bills will be coming down, but these heroic assumptions rely upon hundreds of thousands of households buying new energy efficient fridges and washing machines,” Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which? said. ...

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