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Fears for Poor Households in Gloucester Area as bills could rise by 50% over six years

By Chris_Taylor  |  Posted: November 22, 2013

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When gas and electricity hikes come into play at the end of the month, this means that energy prices will have risen by an average of 36% since October 2010.

This however, isn't to be the end, as energy leaders have warned that household bills could rise by another 50% over the next six years; spelling misery for those on low incomes in and around Gloucester.

Angela Knight, Chief executive of Energy UK said that: "UK household energy bills have risen 70% since 2004; we expect them to rise another 46% in nominal terms by 2020."

Knight also stated that investment bank UBS, blamed 95% of future tariff rises on government policies and network costs.

But how can families on low incomes look to save money?

Heating oil company, Rix Petroleum, have recently published a visual breakdown of how homeowners can save money on their bills by either investing in cheap energy solutions, or simply by making the best of what they already have.

For example, the guide shows that by regularly defrosting a freezer, the process can raise its efficiency by up to 25%. And for those who can afford a little investment, by purchasing an insulated letter box flap, a home can save up to 27% of hallway heat.

Additionally, for those willing to take out a loan, the government's Green Deal allows homeowners and businesses to take out a loan for energy efficient home improvements. Unlike other loans, the money is paid back through energy bills, which will always be lower once the work has been completed. 

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  • nickthompson  |  November 28 2013, 5:15PM

    nomossystone -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I couldn't agree more with your comments. Storage of Nuclear waste,(with a half life of thousands of years) I agree is, and will be a problem, however a way can, and must be found for waste to be stored, and monitored, where do other countries ( including our closest neighbour) store theirs? the situation we now find ourselves in should have been sorted by now, we need a tried, and tested way of generating electricity, like it or not Nuclear Power is the only answer, augmented perhaps by a few windmills, unless of course we prefer to rely on Russia for our energy requirements.

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  • nomossystone  |  November 28 2013, 3:28PM

    nickthompson, Where will the waste form nuclear power stations be stored -- UNDER THE OCEAN, is it safe when it is stored, this does not sound healthy for our future generations. To harness the resources of nature is not only healthy ( no chemicals added as in fraking) and no problems with earth quakes-- practical and sensible options are wave power and wind power. Why are these companies owned by foreign competitors -- because the government prefers to inject capital ANYWHERE BUT THE BRITISH ISLES,--another backlash from the Margaret Thatcher era, oh, how they love to hang on to her coat tails even now! WILL WE EVER RECOVER FROM THE HUBRIS OF THAT WOMAN?

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  • nickthompson  |  November 28 2013, 11:32AM

    Last year, 28,500 older people died because of the cold. --------------------------------------------------------------nomossystone, If we were to place a windmill on every square meter of the UK it would not generate enough power, even if they worked in high wind, or no wind, Nuclear is the way forward, and for those that think Nuclear is dangerous remember on the Northern coast of France ( less than 20 miles from our coast) there are several, any new power generation method, Wind, Wave, or Nuclear will be owned by a foreign company anyway.

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  • nomossystone  |  November 28 2013, 11:18AM

    The power generated by windfarms in some instances has been WASTED-- THROWN AWAY, (Radio 4 November 2013) how is this helping bring down our bills? Far from abandoning the windfarm project in the Bristol channel-- the work should go ahead thereby saving the tax payer more money, -- clean energy is the way forward. Wildlife will adapt more readily to wind farming than to other methods.

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  • BigGeordie1  |  November 27 2013, 10:28AM

    This is the wonderful legacy left to us by dear old Mrs Thatcher,if anything was not nailed to the floor it was privatized,it started greed greed and more greed,however she's not around to see the filthy rich fat cats screwing the nation.Royal Mail is the latest just wait and mark my words well, we will soon be unable to send a letter for less than a pound,i just shudder to think what the cost will be for rural areas.

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  • nickthompson  |  November 22 2013, 8:43PM

    "I do hope the following does not choke you as you eat supper---------------------------------------------------------------------- Bosses of the Big Six energy firms will rake in an extra £400,000 this year thanks to George Osborne's tax break for millionaires. All of them will be tens of thousands of pounds better off as result of the Chancellor's decision to slash the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p in April. Npower chief executive Paul Massara, who will earn £450,000 this year, said yesterday he was refusing to give up his £150,000 bonus, saying to do so would be a "gimmick." Thanks to the tax break Mr Massara, whose company has just raised bills by more than 10% on average, will save an estimated £22,500. Centrica boss Sam Laidlaw, who earns £3,848,000 will get a tax cut projected to be £184,900; British Gas managing director Chris Weston will get £595,000, meaning a tax cut of £20,000. EDF chief executive Vincent de Rivaz, who earns £1.2million, is in line for tax cut of £52,500; E.ON's Tony Crocker's income is £1,061,000 meaning an estimated tax cut of £45,550. SSE's chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies has an income of £1,376,000 putting him in line for a £61,300 tax cut and Scottish Power's Keith Anderson, who earns £502,000 should get a tax cut of £17,600. Between them they will get a tax cut of more than £400,000."

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  • nickthompson  |  November 22 2013, 4:09PM

    Stop moaning, just pay up, do you not know WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGRTHER----------------------------------------- Politicians have claimed up to £6,000 each for gas and electricity in their second homes, leaving hard-pressed taxpayers to pick up the bill. Some 340 MPs, some of them multi-millionaires, have taken advantage of the perk at a time when many people are struggling to pay rising utility bills.

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