Category Archives: Utilities

Energy challenge: Confessions of an energy waster

During the first week of my challenge to save energy, I’ve criticised the government and energy companies for their failings. But she who is without sin cast the first stone, and frankly, I’m no angel either. So I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Energy challenge: Is insulation the answer?

To take my mind off wondering whether I should take my cash out of the bank and bury it in the vegetable patch, I’ve been wading through the government’s new insulation scheme, greeted by a slow hand clap in September. … Continue reading

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Energy Saving Challenge

It’s getting chilly already, even though we’re only just getting into October. I passed my neighbour yesterday who was dressed from head to foot like an Eskimo, complaining about the cold, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the cost of … Continue reading

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Our gas bill shocker

So much for my advice on trimming energy bills. I thought I was being clever recently changing gas and electricity suppliers from Npower to Scottish Power through USwitch. I felt smug when details of the new direct debits came through … Continue reading

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Fuel crisis: Gordon the energy outlaw

What a strange situation our government is in. As the body that creates our laws, it’s bizarrely found itself on the wrong side of it. Back in 2000 it made a commitment to outlaw fuel poverty. The Warm Homes and … Continue reading

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Energy prices: Gordon is no Robin Hood

I’m not a great one for politics or politicians, even though my late grandfather was one, God rest his soul. But I’m getting a bit fed up with the way the government and its media spin keep raising people’s frugal … Continue reading

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Two Jumpers: How to fight rising gas prices

I read with horror over the weekend that a report commissioned by Centrica claims gas prices could soar by more than 60 per cent over the next two years. Aren’t we all paying enough already?! And how will the 1 … Continue reading

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The frugal grumps

Well, I’m afraid that you find me feeling altogether a bit grumpy today, and it’s not just the miserable weather we’ve had this week. I wish that I could say it was all down to my outrage at the pathetic … Continue reading

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Frugal breakdown

We must have offended the mechanical gods somehow as slowly but surely things have begun breaking down at home. First of all, last week the bathroom light refused to turn off. I’d pull and pull the cord to no avail, … Continue reading

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E by gum

Oh dear…I knew yesterday’s blog about the commercialisation of Mother’s Day would get me in trouble in the end, despite my attempts to encourage my dearest Mamma not to read it. This morning I received a terse text from her, … Continue reading

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