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  • npower-SSE Is the Npower-SSE merger a solution looking for the wrong problem? by Guy Thompson - "Npower-SSE, Watch out for that ICEBERG" With the mud yet to settle on the proposed merger of npower-SSE's retail division it might be a bit early to prognosticate on the likely success or failure of the proposition; but it's worth having a stab and encouraging some debate on the matter. Before we do that it is helpful to provide context, and nothing provides context like an anthropomorphic analogy. In attempting to describe the strategic positioning, or lack thereof, of the traditional Big 6 retailers, as seen from an interested and invested bystander’s perspective, I have alighted upon, rightly or wrongly, Read more
  • Lifehacks: Peanut butter, a 🔀 & Kitchen Roll by Stephen Kakouris -   Lifehacks- What could be better than that feeling when you use a clever trick to outsmart life’s cheeky little curve balls?   Like losing the plot when you can’t shake the hiccups...   The Longest hiccup attacked lasted for 68 years!   No need to hold your breath, down a liter of water or getting the pants scared off you to battle the hiccups...   Try this very simple Lifehack instead:   Next time you have the hiccups, eat a tablespoon full of peanut butter- it will stop your hiccup attack dead in its tracks!   Gobsmacked by the Read more
  • Merger SSE – Npower Merger- How do you like them apples?  by Stephen Kakouris - SSE - Npower Merger- How do you like them apples?   Last night news broke that SSE and owners of Npower agreed on a £7 billion mega merger. The two "big six" companies who currently supply energy to 12.5 million customers combined are looking to control 22.5% of the UK domestic energy market. This would make them a major force to be reckoned with for British Gas who has a 27% market stake. What does this mean for you the consumer? Let's start off by looking at the two companies that plan on consolidating the big six. SSE SSE reported the highest Read more
  • Energy Cap Busting a cap on prices May kill cheap energy tariffs by Stephen Kakouris - Busting a cap energy prices could kill cheap tariffs By Stephen Kakouris   Re Cap- Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech earlier this week that may well become infamous due to a series of unfortunate events. From the persistent cough that led to her losing her voice; interruptions from awkward pranksters in the crowd (not just Boris); even the sign behind her had had enough at one point and made an exit before Mrs. May's speech had ended. The biggest blunder though, may have a much more detrimental impact on British energy consumers. One of the few policy ideas to make it Read more
  • I DON’T GIVE A FRACK by Stephen Kakouris - I DON’T GIVE A FRACK! By Stephen Kakouris Scottish Government Backs Ban on Fracking... And the people of Scotland and the United Kingdom rejoice! In the days of Trump's anti- Paris Climate Change Agreement sentiment, and major hurricanes razing islands in the Caribbean- this begs the question of whether catastrophic climate change is starting to show more of its ugly face... A Government policy to ban a new source of fossil fuels in the UK could be considered a victory. That being said, there are strong arguments to be made for having fracking in the UK as well. Let's take Read more
  • This Week in Energy News- February 5th 2017 by David - What’s been in the Energy News this week? Well the whole nation was shocked by a certain charity scandal, yet another energy giant is dropping their prices this week and, if you are really interested in getting into Energy, Bristol City Council is offering grants of £10,000 to get into community projects. This week has been eventful to say the least… Let’s start with the main news flavor of the week… The News that everybody is talking about Where better to start than to focus on the consumer news that everyone is talking about. It is rare that you wake Read more
  • The Week in Energy by David - Welcome to the first Week in Energy review, My Utility Genius’s weekly blog dedicated to reviewing the past weeks hottest consumer energy topics in the UK. This week, like any other, has been very busy for us at My Utility Genius HQ, with projects, plans & schedules whilst at the same time fighting with fluctuations in the Oil markets and working out just what that means for you our loyal customers. We also like to keep our eyes peeled for interesting headlines that can affect you and your pocket. We hope you find this week’s summary useful. The Price War Read more
  • What are Smart Meters? by David - Smart Meters are new generation of gas and electricity meters that automatically send digital meter reads to your energy supplier. The purpose is to help create more accurate energy bills for your home whilst allowing you to better understand and manage your energy use. This means no more manual meter reads and more importantly no more estimated energy bills. Between 2016 and 2020, energy companies will replace every energy meter in the UK, which amounts to around 53 million energy meters at a cost north of £11 billion. The government has committed to installing a smart meter in every home Read more
  • Why should I switch my energy supplier? by David - Why be nervous about switching energy supplier? Quite simply you should really switch energy suppliers every year; it is the fastest way to save money on your energy bills without making drastic lifestyle changes that affect how and when your energy is used. You may feel that accepting a renewal offer from your current supplier means you have done your part in saving money on your energy bills. This may well be true and kudos to your current supplier can if they offer you a new competitive tariff to take. But quite simply at every available opportunity switching to another Read more
  • Are your energy prices set to rise over the next 18 months? by David - Just imagine Christmas Morning in 2016 no doubt there will be shouts of festive joy whilst the Turkey is in the oven. Keep that thought in your mind and imagine the amount of energy the whole of the country is using on this special morning, it shouldn’t be a problem right? After all you do directly and indirectly pay some of the highest energy prices in the world for a reason and one of those is to maintain the system avoiding times of blackouts e.g. Well think again the UK risks being plunged into darkness for periods of time during Read more
  • 6 Genius Energy Efficient Traveling Tips by David - Are you at a loss with what to do in the typical British Weather? Don't worry My Utility Genius has some cost effective tips for what you can do this weekend, weather you are traveling close to home or abroad. Take a look below to see if you can incorporate any in your plans for your time off...  Use Public Transport to get from A to B. Take a trip on the local public transport network and reduce your Carbon Footprint. Go for a bike ride – It’s a great way to get around, a pleasant bike ride taking in the relaxed Read more
  • Bank Holiday It’s Bank Holiday Weekend! Here are our tips to help you be more Travel Efficient by David - Bank Holidays are Happy Days! If you are going away this Bank Holiday, be more efficient with your home energy whilst you are way. Our tips will help you relax that little bit more. Unplug any unused electrical equipment: when you’re in a rush, you may forget to turn everything off before you set off for your bank holiday. Have a sweep of the house before locking up; after all you wouldn’t want to leave a pair of curling irons on! For security: you might want to leave some lamps on timers in suitable rooms as well as getting a Read more
  • switching a habbit Why the UK needs to make Energy Switching a Habit by David - Making Energy Switching a Habit Imagine a world without mobile phones or the handy little contracts that go with them when they were launched. Without them we wouldn’t have our I Phone's or HTC’s as there wouldn’t be a benchmark for customers to compare against affordability and phone performance, as well as all the other marketable USP’s we so love to cherish from out handsets. Switch that across to a different industry and the Energy Market and Fixed Pricing is just the same. Historically the UK’s Energy Market has been reliant onan un-competitive market termed the ‘Big 6’ where customers Read more
  • Blink and it’s gone – The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is Scrapped by David - The Green Deal - will not be back by popular demand; the curtains have been drawn on its final performance with no encore or tribute band lining up to play the coalition’s a one hit wonder energy policy. The Green Deal seemed to be trending for one day on twitter however, but only to highlight its unfortunate demise. The recently outvoted coalition government’s Green Deal scheme was aimed to provide access to energy saving measures with no upfront cost. The idea for the Green Deal was to provide access to a loan which means homeowners can increase the energy efficiency rating Read more
  • Credit Does switching affect my Credit Rating? by David - When you switch energy suppliers, you may well be requested to accept a credit check if you fail that then the energy supplier will not disregard your request to switch over to them, but will insist upon specific criteria being met in order to be your new supplier. An Energy Suppliers may insist you provide a guarantor or put down a deposit before they'll agree to supply you with gas or electricity. This might apply to you if you are a new customer and cannot provide proof of your identity, or if you have a poor payment record.   You may Read more
  • Will a Grexit affect my Energy Prices? by David - This week has been a busy week in the UK Energy industry, what with the CMA report being published on Tuesday, problems in China's manufacturing sector and of course much talk of an Inevitable Greek exit from the Euro zone looking more likely. My Utility Genius has been asking how this week’s events will affect your energy prices. Greece’s Energy Industry Background Historically Greece’s mainland has relied upon lignite power (Brown Coal) and oil imports to power its islands. Its main domestic supplier Public Power Corporation (PPC) controls the market with 96 % of the total domestic market share. The Greek Read more
  • Breaking News – Bears are doing a number 2 in the woods by David - And apparently, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) the large energy supply companies are doing a number on their most loyal customers as well. Working in the energy markets sometimes gives me a déjà vu feeling; haven’t we been on this merry-go-round before? Sadly; yes. None of the information the CMA report published today has come out with is necessarily earth shattering or new. In fact, if anything, they have put as conservative a spin on the pretty damning numbers as is possible. They have calculated that had The Big 6 energy suppliers placed all of their existing Read more
  • The Latest CMA report into the UK’s Energy Industry is in! by David - We here at My Utility Genius have been telling customers for years they could be saving in excess of £160 per year by simply switching their energy tariff. Today the Competition and Markets Authority released its report into the Energy Markets on the back of the worrying rapid price increases over the past several years. We here at My Utility Genius have summarized the report into its key findings in order to help you decide whether or not it is time to switch energy suppliers. Competition is warming up for your custom The market is moving more freely into a Read more
  • Energy Bills When the Heat goes up so do your Energy Bills by David - At first glance this seems to dampen the warm air hovering over Britain right now. Go away; we are sunbathing right now! It’s not just been you that has been basking in the sunshine of the hottest couple of days this Island has seen in the last decade, but the energy suppliers have been soaking it up too. Many of the cheapest energy tariffs from suppliers have ceased their fixed price commitment to their customers, and in doing so have automatically rolled over some customers onto energy rates that are 20% worse off than they were in during the fixed Read more
  • 5.1 million Prepayment Meter customers are paying an average of £266 more than regular energy customers by David - A new report released today by Citizens Advice has shown that energy users on a prepayment meter are paying far more than what they should, with the average prepayment customer paying £266 more than they should than if they were upon the cheapest fixed price tariff. Around 5.9  million UK homes who have a prepayment meter in their homes are more likely to be on a low income, and 80% of those getting them installed are already in debt. Ofgem are currently looking into changing regulations in regards to prepayment meters. How do Prepayment Meters Work? Users pay for their electricity Read more
  • Todays 7 best Energy Money Savings Tips by David - If you looking to saving money by changing your habits today you can incorporate the following things into your everyday lifestyle which can reduce your energy bills massively over the foreseeable future.   Switch off or unplug any charges or appliances you do not need switched on rather than having them on Stand By The average UK household spends roughly £1246 per year on energy bills according to the UK government with roughly 7.5% of that cost being used up by devices that are plugged in 24 hours a day. Some devices only use a couple of watts but those with Read more
  • Citizens Advice reports that Billing Issues are the number 1 cause of customer Complaints. by David - A recent report by Citizen’s advice has suggested that the amount of people complaining about their energy supplier has now risen to 20%, an estimated total 4.5 million of all British households. The suggestion is that the number 1 cause of complaints has been suggested down to the final price of a consumers total bill. The common cause of Energy Billing complaints is overcharging and Bills being issued at the wrong time, leaving customers out of pocket. The problems with billing is also caused by a lack of understanding of energy bills by consumers, a problem that energy suppliers are Read more
  • IGT Gas Supply Transport What does the letters IGT mean on my Utility Bill? by David - Gas is transported and supplied to UK households through miles and miles of underground pipelines. The majority of these pipelines are owned and operated by the National Grid , a company formed as part of the Electricity Act (1989)  which privatised the electricity industry. An estimated 1 million UK homes aren’t connected to National Grid pipes and are operated by what is known within the industry as an IGT (Independent Gas Transporters). They are responsible for developing, operating and maintaining local gas transportation networks in areas that fall out of the National Grids remit. How does an IGT affect me? Read more
  • Changes to the Debt Assignment Protocol make it easier for PPM customers to switch by Anna Evans - With the assistance of Ofgem, ten domestic energy suppliers within the UK have made it easier and simpler for prepayment customers to switch energy suppliers should they still be in debt. The Debt Assignment Protocol (DAP)* changes allow for customers to switch automatically, even if they are in £500 debt per fuel by allowing the debt to transfer to the new supplier. British Gas, Ecotricity, EDF  Energy, E.ON, First Utility, npower, Spark Energy, Scottish Power, SSE and Utility Warehouse have all signed up to improve the use of Debt Assignment Protocol (DAP). These suppliers will provide prepayment customers the necessary Read more
  • Millions Saved In One Month As Switching Energy Supplier Rockets by Anna Evans -
  • landlord energy saving allowance Landlord Energy Saving Allowance (LESA) by Anna Evans -
  • Power to Switch – £2.7 Billion up for Grabs by Switching Energy Supplier by Anna Evans -
  • Finding your energy supplier when moving home by David - When you moved into your current home what were the first things you did? Unpacked some boxes, ordered a takeaway, had a celebratory drink or collapsed in a heap after the stresses and strains of moving? Did you think about finding out who your new utility suppliers are?  Finding a new place to live (be it a house, flat or a room in a shared property), can be a daunting prospect. There are estate agents to deal with and potentially landlords too if you are renting. The list of things you need to and should do before, during and after moving Read more
  • Weekly Energy Market Report – Week Four 2015 by Anna Evans -
  • Can I save simply by switching energy plans with the same supplier? by Anna Evans - Are you unsure where to start when it comes to energy tariffs? In order to help you decide if switching to a fixed price plan is the right thing for you, take a look at our list of pros and cons of fixed energy tariffs. Pros Savings and Piece of Mind - Potentially saving money in the long term compared to standard energy tariffs, and you can budget more effectively for your household bills. Big Choice of Energy Plans - fixed rate energy plans are popular and you have many options for cheap, long-term fix, and some plans are without Read more
  • Weekly Energy Market Report – Week Three 2015 by Anna Evans -
  • Weekly Energy Market Report – Week Two 2015 by Anna Evans - The week that was... At the risk of sounding repetitive Oil Markets are where the action is with everything else being white noise and tactical flim-flam. Always good to see a well known market phenomenon materialise in a market one is watching and so we witnessed the appearance over the past week of the infamous Dead Cat Bounce. For those of you not familiar with the term this refers to the fact that if you drop a cat from high enough up it will bounce when it hits the deck. However the bounce is, by virtue of the cat being Read more
  • Faster Switching Between Energy Suppliers: Questions and Answers by Anna Evans - a We welcome the announcement by DECC  today that households will be able to switch energy supplier in just 17 days. Read the press release here. As part of the briefing DECC have supplied more information, which is below in question and answer format. Q:        Why was it important to cut switching times? A:        We know that energy bills are a big source of worry for many households, which is why we’ve taken action to make the market work for consumers. This means increasing competition in the market and putting customers in control of their energy bills. An important part of Read more
  • Government Announcement: January energy detox – leaner tariffs in half the time by Bharat Mistry - Switching energy supplier could save many people around £300 – and some could save more – off their bills, and it’s now quicker to do than ever before. In October 2013 Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey challenged industry to cut switching times dramatically. New processes are now in place to get households switching in half the time, so people can benefit from increased competition and trimmer bills sooner this New Year. Energy companies have cut the time it takes to switch between suppliers to 17 days, down from 5 weeks last year. Together with savings Read more
  • E.ON cuts gas prices by 3.5% by Anna Evans - E.ON is the first of the Big Six energy suppliers to announce a price cut of 3.5% which is equivalent to £24.38 off an average annual household gas bill. The new one year fixed dual fuel product with average annual price of £923 is the cheapest energy tariff available today. The price reduction will take place with immediate effect and is available to both new and existing E.ON customers. You can can switch between E.ON products without paying any exit fee. The graphs below illustrate how the introduction of the 3.5% price cut translates in to savings of £24.38 across the board. Please have Read more
  • 2014 confirmed as UK’s warmest year on record by Anna Evans - Last year was the UK's warmest since records began in 1910, the Met Office has said. This year's record means that eight of the UK's top ten warmest years have happened since 2002. But no month saw record temperatures - instead each month was consistently warm, according to the Met Office. Met Office analysis also shows 2014 was the UK's fourth wettest year, with 1,297.1 millimetres of rainfall. A large contribution to the high annual rainfall total came from very wet weather in January and February. We put together a table to illustrate the annual changes in temperatures in London Read more
  • Weekly Energy Market Report – Week One 2015 by Bharat Mistry - THE WEEKS THAT WERE……….   Say hello to 2015 boys and girls. What presents did Santa bring down the chimney since last we spoke? The answer friends, is a sackful of coal and a big ol' barrel of oil going cheap. Yup, the children of Moscow, Riyadh, Caraccas, Luanda, Baghdad and Tehran had a pretty ropey Christmas all up - the stockings might have been out but the paltry sub $55/bbl oil prices aren't suggestive of Christmas largesse on behalf of the oil exporting national govt's of the world. Throw in a mini collapse in the coal price and energy Read more
  • Warm Home Discount Explained by Anna Evans - The Warm Home Discount scheme is an initiative taken by the UK Government, to provide you with an opportunity to save £140 on your energy bills. The Warm Homes Discount scheme, for the time being, may only be made use of during the winters of 2014 and 2015. The aim behind the formation of this scheme lies in the prospect of facilitating the decrease of UK’s energy consumers energy bills and it in no way affects a consumer’s winter fuel allowance and cold weather payment. However, Warm Home Discount Scheme works through eligibility criteria and only qualified individuals may apply Read more
  • Weekly Energy Market Update by Anna Evans -
  • Bad behaviour amongst energy suppliers. Who would credit it . . . by Anna Evans -
  • Weekly Energy Market Update by Anna Evans -
  • Will smart meters really cut household bills? by Anna Evans -
  • Energy saving myths by Anna Evans -  
  • Don’t be a sucker – check your settings and be energy aware by Anna Evans - Vampire Energy: The Sequel With Halloween just days away, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) just released the second wave of their #vampireenergy campaign - CHECK YOUR SETTINGS. Are there energy vampires lurking in your home? Don’t let #vampireenergy win – be #energyaware Don't let #vampireenergy win - be #energyaware
  • Don’t Be A Sucker – Switch It Off & Be Energy Aware by Anna Evans - In the run up to Halloween, DECC have launched a fun mini-campaign to make people aware of the energy vampires in their home – chargers plugged into the wall, TVs on standby and incorrect settings on products that suck energy. Don’t be a sucker, Save energy. Save money. Switch it off and be #energyaware! Check out the Department of Energy and Climate Change's vampire infographic about how to save money on your energy bill. Leaving appliances on standby cost the average home up to £86 per year. Don't let #vampireenergy win - be #energyaware
  • Savvy Students Can Now Take Control Of Their Energy Bills by Anna Evans - Be An Energy Shopper set to break down barriers preventing GB’s 2.3m students from ‘energy shopping’ Three-quarters (77%) of bill paying Brits living in rented accommodation say they’ve never switched energy supplier and one in five (20%) is not aware of their right to switch University is the first time many students start renting, and they could save up to £200 if they shopped around for their gas and electricity Be An Energy Shopper campaign gives the nation’s students the know-how they need Latest data from Ofgem’s 2014 Consumer Engagement survey shows that a shocking three quarters of bill paying Read more
  • Brits Could Save £500m A Year If They Take Control Of Their Heating While Households Could Save £75 A Year by Bharat Mistry -   Four fifths of Brits believe they understand their heating controls Yet HALF misuse energy when they turn up their thermostat Nearly 40 per cent of Brits think it’s more efficient to leave the heating on all the time And only a quarter of bill payers have changed energy supplier in the last year Campaign launches heating myth-buster and urges customers to switch supplier  Big Energy Saving Week – a joint campaign between Energy Saving Trust, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Citizens Advice – reveals 74 per cent of Brits are still worried about their energy bills. Read more
  • Helping households to cut their energy bills – Big Energy Saving Week: 20 – 24 October 2014 by Anna Evans - Yesterday marked the start of the Big Energy Saving Week, a week that focuses on raising awareness of energy efficiency issues and helping people to take action to reduce their bills. Help to cut your housing costs The Big Energy Saving Week is a project set up by a number of businesses and organisations including Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust, Age UK and the Government. Their campaign, which spans from the 20th – 24th October 2014 aims to highlight positive and practical actions people can take to gain control of their energy bills and make significant savings. Switching energy suppliers Read more
  • Life lesson number 145: Be careful that when spreading muck you don’t inadvertently cover yourself in sh** by Guy Thompson - Art Sculpture by Chen Wenling One of the many skirmishes in what may well subsequently be known as the energy wars opened up an unexpected front over the airways and column inches this morning. Apparently switching sites are the new enemy in the war on energy prices; whilst The Big Deal – a collective switching site, is the saviour. It is this kind of thinking that led to the demise of Phones4U in the mobile telephony business, thereby reducing customer choice in the market yet further; but more on that later. First let us examine the central charge; which is Read more
  • Switching off appliances could save Brits £1.7bn by Anna Evans - 74% of people are worried about energy bills Yet ONLY half of households who have received an unexpectedly high energy bill check if unused appliances are switched off  55% of households have games consoles, a quarter of over 55s have them  Nearly 40% leave consoles either on or in standby mode when not in use  Three quarters of those with a spare TV keep it on standby Campaign calls for a Great British Appliance Check In the countdown to Big Energy Saving Week – a joint campaign between Energy Saving Trust, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Citizens Advice Read more
  • The Politics of Energy by Guy Thompson -
  • The Putin Problem by Guy Thompson -
  • OFGEM and the Wholesale Energy Market by Guy Thompson -
  • Solar PV by Anna Evans -
  • Insulation in UK Homes by Guy Thompson -
  • Competition Market Authority and OFGEM by Guy Thompson -
  • Energy Switching for Tenants by Guy Thompson -
  • Small Energy Suppliers by Guy Thompson -
  • Fuel Poverty by Guy Thompson -
  • Nuclear Power by Guy Thompson -
  • How Green is Green Energy? by Guy Thompson -
  • Switching Sites by Guy Thompson -
  • Energy Price Freeze by Guy Thompson -
  • Energy Switching by Anna Evans -
  • Energy Switching: Can it be done in just one day? by Guy Thompson -
  • Saving Energy with Kids by Anna Evans - It’s a well-known fact that children are expensive little things. They eat an enormous amount of food, considering the relatively small size of their bodies, and they run around the house causing untold amounts of damage. They’re also amongst the biggest energy consumers, with more gadgets and electronic toys than ever before. A Child of 1993 Back in 1993, a six year old child would have a few battery-powered toys. Perhaps a radio controlled car, or the ‘Lights Out’ game. Teenagers might have been lucky enough to have a games console such as the Mega Drive or the SNES. Lucky Read more
  • Rising Energy Bills by Guy Thompson - Rising Energy Bills: The tipping switching point Here’s a question to ponder in these troubled times: how hot does the energy bill need to be before the boiling consumer does something about it? Are we all frogs resigned to boil to death unknowingly; only to end up on some Frenchman’s plate as an hors d'oeuvres to the main course of fuel poverty with a side dish of blackout?* The latest round of price rises from NPower, British Gas and SSE are hardly surprising when considered in the context of the long term trend so far (see Figure 1). Indeed you Read more
  • Is fixing Energy prices a fix? by Guy Thompson - So summer’s gone and it’s time for energy to start hitting the headlines again. The not so subtle trailing of the impending October price hike by supplier or suppliers unknown has, this week, been superseded in its ability to create headlines by Mr Miliband. The heart of his letter to the energy suppliers is as below: “Our intention is to now reset the market that has consistently failed to secure the confidence of the public or the investment Britain needs. Doing that requires two steps. First, it means legislating to build competition and transparency into the market, with a trusted Read more
  • This winter, Reduce your Energy Consumption by Anna Evans - As the temperature drops and the nights draw in, your thoughts are probably on reducing your energy bills. Talk has turned to cold evenings, and your friends and family are discussing who was first to put their heating on. How do you cut your costs over the cold winter months? Here are a 5 tips for reducing your energy consumption: 1. Install a Smart Energy Meter These clever gadgets monitor how much electricity you’re using at home. They don’t directly lower your energy consumption, but they do make you aware of your usage and how much your appliances cost to Read more
  • Switching to LED Lighting by Anna Evans - We’re all looking for ways to reduce energy bills. If the family across the road installed solar panels, would you do the same? If they got new windows fitted, and new insulation, would you find someone to fix up your house? What if they told you that they’d switched their existing light bulbs for LED ones? What are the benefits? Since 2008, energy-saving light bulbs have been a hot topic. They’ve become compulsory, and have replaced those giant, rounded bulbs that you used to see in homes. Many people are less than impressed. There are arguments that energy saving light Read more
  • Tips for saving energy at work by Anna Evans - Businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs and one of the most pain-free methods is to save energy at work. According to the Carbon Trust* many businesses could save at least 20% of their energy bills by using equipment more efficiently and changing employees behaviour towards energy use. They also assert that a 20% cut in energy use would equate to the same benefit as a 5% increase in sales in many businesses . Here are some of the best tips for saving energy and being more sustainable in the workplace: Electrical Appliances It is amazing how many Read more
  • Monitoring your Energy Usage by Anna Evans - For a majority of people, monitoring energy is an almost alien concept. Gas and electricity meters are hidden away, and people don’t usually make an effort to read them unless a bill is unexpectedly high, or they’re moving in or out of a property. Though they’re now far less common than they used to be, key and card meters offer a pay as you go system that allows people to see exactly how much they’re spending. Physically topping up your energy allows you to budget carefully, and to limit your usage if you’re topping up too often. If you receive Read more
  • Green Deal Flop by Guy Thompson - Nah, nah, na naah nah!  “I told you so, Mr Davey” is so childish and yet somehow feels so appropriate given the childish naivety deployed in rolling out the Green Deal. You would think these people had never worked in the real world with real people. Oh wait……. “It is pretty generally accepted that the Green Deal is poorly designed, difficult to implement, and will run into a wall of apathy that makes the 15% energy supply switch rates look like an unmitigated success……..Me; I might sit this one out thanks.” Et voila – my blog post from January 25th Read more
  • Energy saving with solar charger devices by Anna Evans - Energy saving is a hot topic. Bills are going up, and disposable income is reducing. You can switch your energy supplier to find a better deal, but that method is best when it’s combined with a conscious look at your own spending and how much energy you use. Some people watch every penny. They turn off lights when they leave the room, turn the heating on for just an hour a day and have installed everything from loft insulation to a smart energy meter. Other people have their heating on constantly, think nothing of doing three loads of washing a day Read more
  • Compare Green Energy Tariffs by Anna Evans -
  • One step forward in the tortuous journey towards a fair and competitive energy market by Guy Thompson - A couple of weeks ago, I started out writing a piece on the wholesale energy markets in the UK and ended up writing a bit of a polemic on governmental and regulatory myopia when it comes to what ails the energy markets. Given that the piece was supposed to be informative rather than opinion based we edited viciously and the polemic ended up on the cutting room floor. In light of the recent announcement by OFGEM regarding the proposals to enforce forward market access for external small supplier counter parties to the big six’s in-house generation book I would like Read more
  • Collective Switching by Guy Thompson -
  • Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose by Guy Thompson - One way or another energy prices, energy suppliers, consumers and policy makers continue to make headlines. We have had, on the supplier front, Npower’s purported non-payment of UK Corporation Tax, SSE being fined over £10million for mis-selling; and British Gas being hauled over the coals for making “excessive” profits over the last winter. This is all unfolding against a backdrop of a flat-lining economy, increased use of food banks as those at the margins struggle to cope and a policy landscape that seems somewhat bereft of ideas that will genuinely change the energy engagement model for consumers. Switching rates are Read more
  • News on Energy Boulevard by Guy Thompson - Energy News - "Wheels within Wheels" So the big news on Energy Boulevard would appear to consist of, at first glance, some relatively unconnected pronouncements and initiatives. Let’s take Alistair Buchanan’s broadside regarding the looming generation gap as a starter for ten. I hate to disappoint anyone who thought that his announcements regarding the closure of coal and oil fired plants was new news; but this gap was being modelled back in 2007 at least if not earlier. Stating this as new news is a bit like announcing that the fact that the UK has a budget deficit is in Read more
  • Green Deal: Designed to Fail by Guy Thompson - It is pretty generally accepted that the Green Deal is poorly designed, difficult to implement, and will run into a wall of apathy that makes the 15% energy supply switch rates look like an unmitigated success! So what exactly does the consumer get? They get a loan underwritten by the government that they can pay back through their energy bills; a loan tied to the property and not to them personally. However to work out whether getting the loan is worth the trouble they need an assessment done on their home. Cha ching – that costs cash. What happens if Read more
  • Full of Sound and Fury Signifying Ignorance on a Mammoth Scale by Guy Thompson - Having watched with interest the various talking heads waffling up a storm regarding the ICIS Heren market manipulation scandal it is patently apparent that almost all of them don’t really seem to have much of a clue as to what went on, what could it have affected, and why someone would have tried to do it in the first place – always assuming that attempted market manipulation is proved to have occurred. So for those insomnia afflicted readers who would like to gain some insight – please find herewith my observations on the issue. What Happened? In the price gathering Read more
  • The tethered goat and the Energy Bill by Guy Thompson - Will history look back on the launch of MyUtilityGenius and conclude that we started just as OFGEM, or David Cameron, or both, provided the silver bullet that slew the energy profit monsters?  It seems unlikely as what we have heard over the last few weeks is a lot of hot air and opinion but not much by way of proper analysis and understanding.  Perhaps it’s time to look at the facts? Let’s start with the baddie, always the most interesting character in any drama. So just how bad are the big six; and is their badness a nature or nurture Read more