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Over the last few years, consumers' attitudes and behaviours have changed, and many of us have become more conscious of the impact our carbon footprint makes ...

If you are an Octopus Energy customer already, you may be familiar with their pink eight-legged mascot called Constantine the Octopus. A fluffy, plush ...

Both Octopus Energy and OVO are making a big impression on the energy supplier market with their focus on green energy from renewable sources. They offer ...

British Gas and Octopus Energy are two of the UK’s best-known energy suppliers. British Gas has been a major UK energy supplier for decades. While Octopus is ...

Intro Both Bulb and Octopus are known for their eco-friendly approach to energy supply, with 100% of their electricity supply coming from renewable ...

Who are Octopus Energy? Despite only starting in 2016, Octopus Energy now have over 1.5 million customers. They concentrate on green energy, including ...

A loss of power for whatever reason is a serious matter. Although most will see it as an inconvenience for those relying on medical equipment or stair lifts, ...

Solar panels are becoming a common sight on household properties around the UK. They come with the promise of cheaper energy and sometimes, even the chance to ...

With energy suppliers simplifying the deals that they offer, all households in the UK are either a fixed or variable tariff customer. There are advantages and ...

Most energy suppliers will now offer to supply you with both gas and electricity. In order to hook you into dealing with a single supplier for both fuels, you ...

Your gas and electricity meters keep a running total of the amount of energy that you have used. The most effective way to make sure that your bills are as up ...

Switching your energy supplier regularly is a great way to save money. Many people now use switching services every year to make sure they are on the best ...

What are energy meters? Energy meters are devices which measure the amount of electricity or gas consumed by a household. Energy suppliers install gas or ...

What is a smart meter? Smart Meter is a term that we often hear when talking of energy bills and suppliers, but what exactly is it? A smart meter is a ...

Energy in the UK is supplied from a number of sources and by around sixty suppliers. Taking into account the whole of the UK energy market, here is an ...

What are energy comparison sites? Energy comparison sites have been set up to allow consumers to quickly and easily find the best energy deals for them. ...

In 1989 the UK passed the Electricity Act. With it the State owned and managed energy sector was broken up and privatised. Across the 1990's six energy ...

Changing your energy supplier on a regular basis is a great way to make sure you are getting the best deal. In most cases switching is a very straight forward ...

Every year over 6 million households take the opportunity to switch energy suppliers. There are a variety of ways to find and switch to the best deal however. ...

Ofgem is a non-ministerial Government department and Independent National Regulatory Authority.  To put this more simply, they are an independent body ...

One of the main reasons given by those who have not yet taken advantage of comparison websites is the hassle switching can bring.  The main part of the ...

Energy suppliers going bust seems to make the headlines at least once a year. Yorkshire Energy are the latest to go under leaving over 70,000 customers ...

When switching to a new energy supplier, you are asked for your gas and electricity details. Whilst you are free to choose one supplier for gas and another ...

Average bills are dependent on a number of factors. For example, how big your home is and which you fuel you use to heat it will have a huge impact. When ...

Most people will have heard the term ‘wholesale energy price’ but what exactly is it? Making up around 40-45% of your bill, it is an important contributor ...

SMETS stands for Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications. The number after shows which ‘generation’ of meters each model belongs to. Second ...

As of the 30th September 2020, the ‘Green Homes Grant’ is up and running. This scheme offers vouchers up to a value of £10,000 to contribute towards making ...

The Nest Thermostat is a Google offering designed for your home. The idea is to make your heating system ‘smart’ by having one of these thermostats interact ...

There are nearly 30 million households spread across the UK and almost all of them depend on an energy supplier. This could be for gas, electric or oil as ...

With well over 6 million households switching each year, it’s inevitable that not all supplier switches will go smoothly. Although the figures are improving, ...

Using switching services has proven to be a quick and easy to use tool for getting the best energy deals for some time now. Being able to compare tariffs ...

The priority Services Register is used to keep a record of the most vulnerable energy customers. Anyone on these registers will receive support from their ...

There are a huge number of price comparison sites available in the UK. They will all claim to be able to provide the best possible deal for you. But how do ...

Prepayment meters, also known as pay-as-you-go meters are an alternative to the standard, credit gas and electricity meters. They allow households to pre-pay ...

Economy 10 (also known as ‘White Meters’ in Scotland) is an alternative electricity tariff. It gives ‘off-peak’ energy prices split across 10 hours of each ...

Economy 7 describes a type of tariff available in the UK. They differ from standard tariffs because economy 7 customers pay a different rate for energy at ...

In essence, Smart Meters are to the gas and electric industry the same as mobile phones have been to the telecommunications business and electric cars are ...

The standing charge is an important but often overlooked part of your energy deal. The vast majority of energy tariffs will include a standing charge, ...

When darker nights draw in and temperatures drop, many people start to give greater consideration to their energy bills. That first turn of the thermostat ...

Started back in 2010, Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) promote renewable and low carbon electrical supply take-up. The usual way an energy company works with a customer ...

When it comes to monthly income, pensioners are often worse off than most of us. Although anyone of pensionable age should be getting something, it can often ...

Many people are struggling to manage finances and keep on top of bills. With everything that’s going on right now, attempting to maintain control over your ...

Most of us will have received a quote from an energy supplier offering terms for a fixed deal. This can be from an initial enquiry or a renewal quote directly ...

The Energy Price Cap, introduced by OFGEM in 2019, is designed to combat unfair price rises. With more and more people falling into fuel poverty, action had ...

Standard Variable Tariffs are available as one of the two main energy packages offered to consumers in the UK. This type of tariff is usually the more ...

Since 2014 OFGEM, the energy sector regulator, has been working hard to simplify gas and electricity bills. Complex charging structures are now banned and ...

Your Meter Point Reference Number, or MPRN relates to your property’s gas supply. It is a unique number that will identify the supply point of your home or ...

The Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN) is a unique reference number that identifies the supply point of a property's electrical system. Individual ...

A Meter Serial Number (MSN) is a combination of numbers and letters, or sometimes just numbers, that is totally unique to a specific gas or electricity meter. ...

These unprecedented times have presented a number of significant challenges and sometimes unexpected opportunities. When it comes to the working environment, ...

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