Helpful Advice and Guides

  • The first nuclear power stations

    By Energy Company Numbers on November 22, 2014 in Help and advice

    The world’s first power station was designed and built by Lord Armstrong at Cragside, England in 1868. Cragside is a country house in the parish of Cartington in Northumberland, England. It was the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power. Water from one of the lakes was used to power Siemens dynamos… The first public power

  • Green tariffs: What are they, and should you be bothered?

    By Energy Company Numbers on November 16, 2014 in Help and advice

    Renewable Energy comes from sources that are not permanently depleted by their use; they are naturally renewed. When using energy that is naturally renewed we are using low carbon, we can extract energy from such sources, convert it into a more useful form such as electricity or heat, and have some confidence that there will be enough energy for future

  • Can you trust energy cost comparison sites?

    By Energy Company Numbers on November 14, 2014 in Help and advice

    With the news that price comparison websites are hiding the best deals from consumers, we ask: Can you really trust energy cost comparison sites? The new rules set by Ofgem, (the governments energy regulator), came into force in January 2014. They are designed to simplify UK gas and electricity tariffs. This means that each supplier is limited to four “core” tariffs

  • First Utility iSave Fixed tariff will cost you £960 annually

    By Energy Company Numbers on November 10, 2014 in Help and advice

    Last week EON launched a new cheap energy tariff for customers which made the average annual bill size per year £948.94 versus £961.79 with First Utility. E.ON’s new tariff got significant attention from news outlets, but this week it’s First Utility’s time to shine – they have now launched their own cheap energy tariff called iSave Fixed March 2016 (v37). So does the

  • British Gas, Scottish Power, SWALEC, Utilita contact numbers live

    By Energy Company Numbers on November 7, 2014 in Help and advice

    Good news Energy Company Numbers’ customers! This week, we have added British Gas, Scottish Power, SWALEC, and Utilita customer contact telephone numbers to our website! That brings the total number of energy company numbers on our website to 14, and we will continue to source the very best customer service telephone numbers for you in the future, too. Our website

  • How Green is Green Energy?

    By Energy Company Numbers on November 5, 2014 in Help and advice

    Global warming is one of the greatest threats that humanity faces today. Not since the threat of nuclear war has there been such a clear and present danger to the status quo of human existence, but there’s a problem – we still need energy. Presently, the majority of the worlds’ energy is still derived from fossil fuels, a source of

  • The low-down on the new E.ON cheap tariff

    By Energy Company Numbers on November 4, 2014 in Help and advice

    If you want to spend as little money as possible on your energy bills, E.ON might have the answer. The energy company has launched a new 12-month fixed tariff that will cost the average household £965 annually. That works out at around £300 less than the average energy deal. Customers can further cut the price of bills by opting for

  • Is EDF’s nuclear plant shut-down something to be worried about?

    By Energy Company Numbers on October 31, 2014 in Help and advice

    Earlier this month boiler cracks led to two of EDF’s nuclear power plants being shut down for two years. There’s no immediate health risk to the public, however there is a risk that some areas of the UK will suffer from winter blackouts this year as EDF races to put measures in place to compensate for the loss of energy

  • Unique Hydro Technology with LoCO2

    By Energy Company Numbers on October 21, 2014 in Help and advice

    With the prospect of accelerated global warming, UK energy companies are under intense pressure to reduce their carbon emissions. Some are turning to renewable energy sources, such as wind power and solar power, and nuclear power is also coming back into favour. Others are still staying with fossil fuels, but are moving away from dirty coal-fired plants to cleaner natural

  • SSE Atlantic forging the way

    By Energy Company Numbers on October 17, 2014 in Help and advice

    Many UK energy suppliers are now placing an emphasis on green energy, but most of them are focusing entirely on how the renewable energy sources can reduce our carbon footprint. However, there is much less emphasis on radical energy efficiency. We are constantly told to install more efficient boilers, put in more insulation, and use efficient appliances, but it’s not

  • 100% clean with Good Energy

    By Energy Company Numbers on October 15, 2014 in Help and advice

    If you care about the environment, then take a look at Good Energy. Headquartered in Wiltshire, this up and coming energy provider takes renewable energy to the next level. All of the electricity that it supplies comes from renewable sources in the UK, dramatically reducing your carbon footprint. The company is starting to generate some real attention – for example,

  • E.ON leading the way

    By Energy Company Numbers on October 12, 2014 in Help and advice

    For British consumers, E.ON is a household name – one of the big six energy suppliers in the UK, with more than 12,000 staff in England and Wales. It is also one of the world’s largest electrical utility groups, with operations in over 20 countries, including the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia and even Brazil. However, what are less

  • Ebico: An energy supplier that’s not for profit

    By Energy Company Numbers on October 11, 2014 in Help and advice

    Many UK consumers are wary of the big six energy providers, wondering if high prices are flowing through directly into excessive profits. With the average UK household paying £1264 per year for gas and electricity, that may be a valid concern – although energy companies would argue that UK consumers paid less than many of their counterparts in Europe. For

  • Flow Energy has an eye on the future

    By Energy Company Numbers on October 10, 2014 in Help and advice

    For many UK consumers, rising energy prices are placing a significant strain on their household budget. At the same time, consumers are becoming more and more concerned about the environmental impact of their energy use, and are looking for alternatives that reduce their carbon footprint. Unfortunately, these are often competing goals – energy from renewable resources is often more expensive,

  • Ofgem “Almost all energy suppliers need to improve complaints handling”

    By Energy Company Numbers on September 27, 2014 in Help and advice

    Customer service has never been a top priority for energy suppliers. After all, you need energy, and the majority of the large suppliers’ are controlled by one group – so if you switch, chances are you’ll be rolling the same pockets. But just how bad the state of customer service is in the industry has never been fully known, until

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