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Smart Meters will Save Billions of Pounds

The official smart metering campaign group Smart Energy GB has hit back against critics of the plan to rollout smart meters to all homes and small businesses before 2020, saying it will lead to savings in the ‘billions of pounds’. Robert Cheesewright, Director of Policy and Communications at Smart Energy GB said: “The smart meter…

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Wholesale Energy Prices Update 10/08/2018

Energy prices were back on the rise last week despite some of the complex holding steady. The ongoing trade war between America and China meant oil prices continued searching for a direction, compounded by US storage volumes dropping further. Although Saudi Arabia and Russia boosted supply, there were still concerns that the new US sanctions…

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Sunday Times Article Calls Out Bad Energy Brokers

An article published in the Sunday Times has highlighted some of the worst behaviour perpetrated by dodgy energy brokers, including cases that have lead to the ruin of small businesses. Most business energy brokers are honest, and work hard to help their non-domestic customer find the best deals on their commercial gas and electricity. But…

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How to Cool Your Office Without Air Con

We’re into what feels like the seventeenth mini heatwave of the summer so far and office workers are getting suitably agitated by a most un-British summer. There are ways that employers can keep offices cool without reaching for the air conditioning and increasing energy expenditure. Keeping employees comfortable is very important for businesses. A study from…

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B&Q Upgrades Solar Panels with Batteries

Home improvements giant B&Q will soon make some upgrades to its property estate, with energy storage technology. The company’s distribution centre in Swindon will see its power use cut by almost a third, thanks to the plans to install battery technology on site. Used alongside existing rooftop solar panels and a biomass boiler and chipper,…

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Wholesale Energy Prices Update 27/07/2018

Energy volatility was calmer last week, but many prices still increased. Prices were steady for much of the week, but a flurry of late news saw prices jump around. US storage volumes saw a surprise increase and Saudi Arabia continued to talk about increased production output. But attacks in Saudi Arabia caused a suspension of…

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Anna Celebrates Ten Years at Utility Helpline

One of Utility Helpline’s longest-serving employees celebrates ten years at the company this year. Time has flown by since administration and operations manager Anna Keirle joined the company in May 2008. Utility Helpline energy manager Richard Bonelle said: “Anna is the ultimate behind-the-scenes fixer, making the rest of us look good on a daily basis….

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Oil prices stabilising? Energy Prices Update 20/07/2018

Energy prices remained volatile last week, but the market did cool slightly, and fixed energy contract prices fell for businesses. Compared with recent rollercoaster form, oil prices were relatively stable as traders waited for any kind of firm direction. As it was, mixed news and concerns about tariffs spooked buyers and sellers. There was a…

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Fancy a day off? 4 Day Week Could Improve Productivity and Energy Efficiency

Following a successful trial at a New Zealand company, UK firms could boost productivity and reduce energy consumption with a four-day working week. Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand company that provides trusts, wills and estate planning services started the trial in March, allowing all 240 staff to work a four-day week but paying them for…

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Letter of Authority: Don’t Sign Your Business Away to a Broker

From privacy policies to credit card agreements, every transaction requires a long and boring legal agreement these days. When presented with one of these documents, particularly one that does not seem all that important, the temptation is sometimes to scan the text before hastily adding a signature. A Letter of Authority (LOA) is a legal…

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