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A new opportunity to cut electricity bills

The domestic electricity market has been getting more competitiveA new keenly priced tariff has been launched by Budget Energy called Bill Pay Budget Advantage.At first glance though it doesn’t look much of a draw. The headline rate is not especially...

Published on 19/01/2020

Central heating costs update

If you’ve switched from oil to natural gas recently, you should be feeling pleased with yourself.  Since I last looked at the annual cost of centrally heating a house, the gap between the price of the two fuels has widened from £75 to £155. This i...

Published on 29/12/2019

Help shape new NI energy strategy urge Stormont officials

The process of replacing Northern Ireland’s out of date energy strategy has taken another step forward.An appeal to energy professionals, academics and consumer representatives for ideas to help inform and shape a new energy framework has been launch...

Last updated on 06/05/2020

New source of renewable fuel

A researcher at Queen’s University has developed a process to transform barley waste from breweries into a range of products including renewable fuel, charcoal for barbecues and water filters.Dr Ahmed Osman from the School of Chemistry and Chemical E...

Published on 27/11/2019

Cheapest fuel for home heating

The price of home heating oil has dropped in the last month. Wood pellets appear to have notched up a fraction in cost. Anthracite hasn't moved at all but I've included a delivery charge which has marginally increased its cost. It's now pretty much o...

Published on 15/11/2019

Protecting against price rise risks with a fixed rate tariff

Should you take the opportunity to fix the price of your electricity tariff? The option is there thanks to Budget Energy. Their Keypad Budget Advantage deal allows customers who pre pay their power bills the chance to lock down the unit rate for a ...

Last updated on 14/11/2019

Rise in sales of electric and hybrid cars

We’ve been in the slow lane as far as the take up of electric and hybrid cars is concerned but are now beginning to pick up speed. The latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) released to show that combine...

Last updated on 14/11/2019

Bright future forecast for offshore wind farms

Rosy pictures are often painted for the future of renewables but what makes this latest one stand out is the astonishing contribution it predicts the offshore wind industry is poised to make.The International Energy Agency says by only using sites cl...

Last updated on 07/11/2019

Is this a solution to intermittency of renewables

A reliable electricity system based almost wholly on renewables is not just a lot of hot air, it’s a lot of cold air. UK based Highview Power’s solution to the intermittency of green sources of power is cryogenic technology relying on chilled air.  ...

Last updated on 06/05/2020

Cheapest way to heat your home

What is the cheapest way to heat your home? I’ve been comparing four fuels which over the years have been commonly used for central heating. The current league leader by a small margin is coal in the form of anthracite grains or beans which can been ...

Last updated on 07/11/2019

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