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The falling cost of central heating

The price of oil has been falling through the floor. Last Monday Brent crude dropped below twenty two dollars a barrel, a level not seen in almost twenty years. This collapse in the cost of the black stuff, brought about by a slump in demand and ...

Last updated on 07/04/2020

Gas bills fall. Could electricity charges be next?

Gas costs for firmus energy customers in the Ten Towns area are to fall by just over 21% from the start of April. The price cut applies to 46,000 homes and small businesses.  Around two thirds of the latest reduction is due to a collapse in wholesa...

Last updated on 06/05/2020

Heating oil price falls sharply

The fall in the cost of a barrel of oil has fed through to the price of home heating oil. Since last December the charge for five hundred litres has reduced by around forty pounds. That's a fifteen per cent decrease. The result is that anthracite, he...

Published on 02/03/2020

Smart grid offers cost savings to Coleraine householders

Residents of a public sector housing estate in Coleraine are to be offered the chance to get access to free, green electricity for about a year and a half after their area was chosen to be part of Northern Ireland’s first smart grid.  Around a hun...

Published on 24/02/2020

Energy issues facing us in 2020

A new decade doesn’t necessarily usher in a new era but as far as energy is concerned 2020 is set to be the start of a revolution in how we heat our homes, travel to work and transport our goods. Driving the change is a UK Government commitment to ca...

Published on 21/01/2020

A new opportunity to cut electricity bills

The domestic electricity market has been getting more competitiveA new keenly priced tariff has been launched by Budget Energy called Bill Pay Budget Advantage.At first glance though it doesn’t look much of a draw. The headline rate is not especially...

Published on 19/01/2020

Central heating costs update

If you’ve switched from oil to natural gas recently, you should be feeling pleased with yourself.  Since I last looked at the annual cost of centrally heating a house, the gap between the price of the two fuels has widened from £75 to £155. This i...

Published on 29/12/2019

Help shape new NI energy strategy urge Stormont officials

The process of replacing Northern Ireland’s out of date energy strategy has taken another step forward.An appeal to energy professionals, academics and consumer representatives for ideas to help inform and shape a new energy framework has been launch...

Last updated on 06/05/2020

New source of renewable fuel

A researcher at Queen’s University has developed a process to transform barley waste from breweries into a range of products including renewable fuel, charcoal for barbecues and water filters.Dr Ahmed Osman from the School of Chemistry and Chemical E...

Published on 27/11/2019

Cheapest fuel for home heating

The price of home heating oil has dropped in the last month. Wood pellets appear to have notched up a fraction in cost. Anthracite hasn't moved at all but I've included a delivery charge which has marginally increased its cost. It's now pretty much o...

Published on 15/11/2019

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