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Guide to lightbulbs: what to buy and how to compare them

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The days might be getting longer and the nights shorter so we are all probably using the lights round our home less. But, lighting is still one of the most significant uses of electricity in our. Lighting offers some of the simplest, cheapest and most cost effective ways to save energy and money at home. […]

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How to read your gas and electricity meter

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Why is it important to know? Your gas and electricity meter are very important in helping you know how much energy you use home. And, they are the best way in working out how well you done in trying to save energy and money. It is important to understand that your meter is the most accurate way of measuring your […]

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Guide to switching energy supplier

Monday, October 12, 2015

Switching energy supplier is one of the easiest ways you can save large amounts of money on your gas and electricity bills. Websites like uSwitch make it very easy to switch your energy supplier online in less than half an hour.  Not only can you save hundreds of pounds by switching, but comparison websites will […]

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Hot water tank insulation and jackets

Friday, October 9, 2015

“If you are cold, put a jacket on!” That was often the advice of my mother when I was feeling a little cold.  This is also the best advice for your hot water tank! Unlike our heating systems, we use and need hot water all year round.  If you have a “combi-boiler”, and have no […]

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What’s The Difference #1: TVs

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The average person in the UK watches over 3 hours of TV per day (1) and our TV’s are getting huge, but since you’re here, you’ll want to know the energy use of different TV types and how much they cost! Here at The Energy Community we think that a TV is a TV, and the […]

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What’s the Difference: Our confusion cutting series

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Welcome to our new series of Know-How guides: “What’s the Difference”. In this series, we will be clarifying the difference between variations of the same thing (e.g. boilers, double glazing and light bulbs). Say goodbye to being confused about energy! There are two things we hope you will find useful in each article: We want you […]

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Understanding your energy bill

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bills, bills, bills. Energy bills can be confusing. Your energy bill contains really important information, but they are often filled with confusing terms, codes and numbers. At The Energy Community we often get asked for help on how to understand energy bills. And, we know that for you to save the most money on your […]

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Prepayment meters: Part 2

Friday, February 20, 2015

In the first of our posts on electricity and gas prepayment meters we discussed what they were, what they are for and their comparative costs relative to the cheapest tariffs offered by the Big Six.  In this Know-How post we will go into a bit more depth about the costs of a prepayment meter and what […]

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Prepayment meters: Part 1 – Introduction

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Welcome to the first in our series of posts about prepayment meters.  Why are we doing more than one of our Know-How guides?  The reason being, there is a lot to discuss! What is a prepayment meter? Prepayment meters are relatively common in the UK, 5.8 million households have one. In many ways they are […]

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Smart Meters – what are they?…and what makes them smart?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Smart meters are coming to replace your traditional and conventional meters over the coming years. And by 2020, it is likely we will all have one. Research by uSwitch highlighted that 55% of us are “in the dark” as to what smart meters are. What are Smart Meters? So firstly, what is a smart meter? […]

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GB Energy Supply ceases trading – Guide for customers

GB Energy Supply, one of the newest, and in the past cheapest energy suppliers, has ceased trading.  160,000 customers, have been attracted to the company over the past couple of years because of their market leading cheap energy prices (and I count myself as one of these). DO NOT PANIC! The company and Ofgem have […]

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