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    click to read more – <h2>Big Six energy firms urged to lower customer bills further after cuts to green levies save them more than expected</h2>

    • <b><font style=”font-size:1.4em;”>Families could save another £23 from bills<br /></font></b>
    • <b><font style=”font-size:1.4em;”>Officials also announce energy saving grants for households to become less generous</font></b>

    <p class=”author-section mol-para-with-font byline-plain”>By Belinda Robinson </p> <p class=”byline-section mol-para-with-font”><span class=”article-timestamp article-timestamp-published”> <span class=”article-timestamp-label”>Published:</span> <time datetime=”2014-07-22T16:43:16+0100″> 11:43 EST, 22 July 2014 </time> </span> | <span class=”article-timestamp article-timestamp-updated”> <span class=”article-timestamp-label”>Updated:</span> <time datetime=”2014-07-23T01:19:17+0100″> 20:19 EST, 22 July 2014 </time> </span> </p> <div id=”articleIconLinksContainer”>

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    <span></span> <p class=”count-number”> 8</p> <p class=”count-text”>View <br /> comments</p> </div> <!– ad: website –><div class=”adHolder column-content cleared”><div id=”para_top” style=”width:638px; margin:0 auto;”><script>var googletag = googletag || ;
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    );</script></div></div> <br /><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>The Big Six energy firms should make customers’ bills cheaper after raking in more money than expected from a deal to cut green levies, according to the Government.<br /></font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>The bumper payout for the energy companies means that consumers could be owed reductions of up to £23 a year on their energy bills, according to reports, along with a £50 cut agreed at the end of last year.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>But the Big Six suppliers appear reluctant to pass on these savings.</font></p><div class=”clear”> </div><div class=”artSplitter”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Owed: Consumers could be owed reductions of up to £23 a year on their energy bills, along with a £50 cut agreed at the end of last year </div> <noscript> Owed: Consumers could be owed reductions of up to £23 a year on their energy bills, along with a £50 cut agreed at the end of last year </noscript> <p class=”imageCaption”>Owed: Consumers could be owed reductions of up to £23 a year on their energy bills, along with a £50 cut agreed at the end of last year</p> </div><p> </p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>Last December</font><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”> energy suppliers agreed to cut prices by £50 in a raft of changes which resulted in a cut in company costs.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>Under the deal, Prime Minister David Cameron approved an overhaul in the Energy Company Obligation home insulation scheme.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>The changes reduced the number of homes that companies had to insulate, reducing company costs by £35 per household per year. </font></p><div class=”relatedItemsTopBorder”> </div> <div class=”relatedItems” data-track-module=”am-related_items^related_items” data-track-selector=”a:not([class*=external])” data-track-pos=”static”> <h4>More…</h4>

    </div> <p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>All of the big six firms — British Gas, EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Power have benefited from these measures.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>They also benefited after they shed the Warm Home Discount — which gave vulnerable customers a £135 reduction on their electricity bill.</font></p><div class=”clear”> </div><p> </p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>The Government now admits that energy firms are ‘likely to be in a position to make greater savings than they had originally projected in December’. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>Today, they face repeated calls to slash customers’ bills and publicly set out how they will ensure that consumers benefit in a concrete way. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>Yet consumers continue to be squeezed.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”> Meanwhile, the Department of Energy and Climate Change announced that one of its free energy saving measures scheme – the Green Deal – will become slightly less generous from Friday.</font></p><div class=”floatRHS art-ins money”><h3 class=”wocc”><b>HOW CAN CUSTOMERS APPLY FOR THE GREEN DEAL FUND?</b></h3><div class=”ins cleared xolcc bdrcc”>

    • <font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>The first step is to have a valid Green Deal assessment or an Energy Performance Certificate which must have been carried out in the 2 years prior to application.  <br /></font>
    • <font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>Find a Green Deal Installer or Provider registered with the scheme. A list is available on the Oversight and Registration Body website (ORB).</font>
    • <font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>Customers must apply for their GDHIF voucher before work commences – via the Green Deal website website style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>The energy saving improvements must be installed within six months of the voucher being issued.</font>

    </div></div> <p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>The cash offered under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund scheme is to be reduced by a third.<br /></font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>Officials have given a deadline of this Friday for applications to receive the current higher-level of return.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>The scheme has seen more than £43million worth of vouchers issued in the first six weeks, and well over £50million were applied for. The pot for this years is £120million.<br /></font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>DECC warned that the offer will not ‘be around forever.'</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>Climate Change Under-Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Amber Rudd, said: ‘Green Deal Home Improvement Fund vouchers have been flying out of the door. <br /></font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>’We’re delighted that so many families are already making the most of this very generous offer. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>‘Changes announced today ensure even more households can benefit from warmer homes using less energy. There’s up to £120 million in the pot this year, but it won’t be around forever so act now.'</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>From Friday, new applicants can receive up to £4000 for installing Solid Wall Insulation, reduced from up to £6000, up to £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list and up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment (see box).<br /></font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>The Big Six energy suppliers face a Competitions and Markets Authority probe to see if there are problems with competition in the UK energy market, with the results expected next year. <br /></font></p><div class=”clear”> </div></div>
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