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This week we look at the continuing smart meter saga, current issues surrounding renewable energy and a way for you to heat your living room for pennies!
Public worries over energy bills at all time low – Energy Live News
The latest BEIS Public Attitude Tracker (PAT) has found that people are pretty relaxed about their energy bills at the moment. The study found that only a fifth of people are ‘fairly or very worried’ about their energy bills. Support for renewable energy was also found to be high, currently at 70% approval. What’s more, 75% of people said they gave energy saving at home some level of thought.
Smart meter rollout ‘to cost £1bn more than government estimates’ – Energy Live News
Research from Big Deal and ITV has predicted that the Government’s smart meter roll out could end up costing £1bn more than initial estimates, bringing the total cost to £12bn. To find out more about the controversy surrounding Smart Meters, read our recent guide.
The Public Action Committee (PAC) has called upon MPs to be more transparent regarding energy schemes. Customers pay for environmental protection schemes through charges on their energy bills, however PAC has claimed that the Government has underestimated costs of such schemes, and that there is a lack of accountability with regard to how successful the schemes actually are.
2016 saw wind power overtake coal as the primary energy source in Europe, however a volatile political climate has meant that worries about the future of renewable energy persist. Current targets will draw to a close in 2020 so the EU will be wanting to shore up support for a clean energy future.
Energy in California is something of a paradox – the state produces more energy than it needs, energy demand has dropped, but the price people pay for energy has increased by $6.8 million since 2008. Luckily balmy temperatures and high awareness around energy efficiency mean that Californian residents are still paying less than the US average on their actual bills, despite paying over the odds per Kwh.
Finally, we thought we’d share this innovative device for home heating. Powered by just three candles this nifty terracotta dome will raise the temperature of a decent sized room by 1-3 degrees, for minimal cost.
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