Thousands of households could be signing up for 100% green energy tariffs that aren't as eco-friendly as they seem, figures suggest. That's according to a new report that claims that tariffs marked '100% renewable electricity' could be misleading customers. Watchdog Which? said around 40 suppliers sold 100% renewable tariffs, but some did not generate the electricity themselves or have contracts to buy any renewable electricity directly from generators. These suppliers tend to buy the majority of their electricity on the wholesale market - which is likely to include fossil fuels. They then buy Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO) certificates as a way of offsetting the customer's energy usage with power sourced through renewable generation. REGO certificates can be bought by suppliers from renewable energy generators for as little as 30p to 50p per megawatt-hour (Mwh), Which? said. With the average customer using 3.1 Mwh of electricity a year, a supplier could buy REGO … [Read more...] about Green energy tariffs could be “misleading” customers, claims Which?
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More than 11million homes will see their energy bills fall from Tuesday as the new energy price cap rate kicks in across the UK. The new rules mean households on their provider's standard variable tariff for gas and electricity will see their bills fall by an average of £75 a year. The energy price cap was first introduced on 1 January 2019 to protect households on expensive default standard variable, tariffs. These are often the most expensive deals in the market - costing families hundreds of pounds more every year. And from 1 October, it will fall from £1,254 to £1,179 for the winter period (October 2018 to March 2019), while the pre-payment meter cap will drop from £1,242 to £1,217 per year for the same six month period - marking a £25 saving. In all, Ofgem said around 15 million households will benefit from the latest cap changes. But while this represents a significant saving, customers are reminded that the cap is per unit of energy, … [Read more...] about Millions to see their energy bills fall by £75/year as new price cap kicks in
The Government's smart meter rollout deadline has been pushed back to 2024 amid concerns that technology is not up to standard. It adds an extra four years to the initial 2020 deadline, and comes after critics warned the project had "no realistic prospect" of meeting its forecast. The extension follows a damning report from the National Audit Office which said households might be forced to pay £500million more than expected after a string of delays affecting the software underpinning the network. However, the extra time could also lead to more years of frustration for customers, many of whom are fed up with the new meters - often first generation ones - that they have been given. It also means the cost of installing the new equipment is likely to rise further, to more than £13billion in total. Do I have to agree to a smart meter? Read More Get a better deal on energy Smart meters are, in theory, supposed to provide automatic readings, simpler billing, and offer a new system … [Read more...] about Smart meter rollout delayed until 2024, Government confirms
If you're counting your calories, exercising and you're still not losing weight, you might need to look a little deeper in order to find out the root cause. In particular, your intake of the mineral iodine - which is essential for a healthy metabolism - might be to blame. According to dietitians and nutritionists, in recent years there have been concerns that many adult women are simply not getting enough iodine. According to dietitians and nutritionists, in recent years there have been concerns that many adult women are simply not getting enough iodine (pictured: nutritionist Jessica Sepel) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Fitness coach, 26, horrified after discovering her torso was... What is YOUR sleep style? From the 'Thinker' to the... How to prepare a MONTH'S worth of food: Mum, 32, shows off... Mum, 30, who lost 20 kilos in just 12 months shares the... Share this article Share 255 shares Signs of low iodine include weight gain, brain fog, low … [Read more...] about The mineral missing from your diet that’s causing you to put on weight – and the 10 signs you have low levels
Labour's general election manifesto was signed off "unanimously" tonight after a meeting of party chiefs lasting more than six hours. The "transformative" document is expected to promise nationalised mail, rail, water, energy and broadband, free NHS prescriptions and six years' free adult education in England, and a £10 minimum wage for all over 16. But unions and some of Labour's front bench were split before the Clause V meeting over key issues - including immigration. Moments after the meeting tonight it was still unclear what agreement had been reached on freedom of movement after Brexit . A row had also been raging beforehand over the exact terms of Labour's Green New Deal, union sources said. The full manifesto will only be published on Thursday at its launch after being leaked in full to the Mirror in 2017. Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett said the discussions went "very well indeed", adding that they were "ready to go to war as soon as possible". Shadow Brexit … [Read more...] about Labour general election manifesto agreed ‘unanimously’ after six-hour party meeting