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Where ever you live in the UK from the far north to your location and all the way to the south, energy suppliers are a constant cause of stress and financial drain. We all want to pay less for our energy but with costs and tariffs changing all the time, it can be very difficult to make the right decision. This page will point you in the right direction for help in Barnet and much more.

When people are looking for ways to reduce expenses or make better use of their money, they often look at common household expenses like utilities, subscriptions and even those associated with entertainment and recreation. The biggest monthly outgoing is usually food and energy bills.

In order to get the best gas and electricity deals available you need to understand how the gas and electricity suppliers are set up and how they calculate your bills. Many people don’t have a clue about the structure of the utility market in the UK and as a consequence end up spending way over the odds for their heating and lighting.

If you are looking for a better deal on your utilities then it’s pretty likely you were not too happy with your last bill. Especially in these tough economic times, you need to make sure you are not paying more than you have to. Just recently there have been further reports in the press of how the wholesale price of fuels is coming down yet the suppliers are not passing on these savings to their customers.

The easiest way to find the best gas and electricity for your area is to use a price comparison website, this takes all the guesswork, sales hype and confusion out of the process and lets your quickly see who can give you a better deal. I have consistently found energylinx to get the best prices and I would recommend you check them out. Utility bills often have a high monthly price, and reducing your spending on this can mean having more money that you can allocate toward other things.

You might also want to consider downsizing your lawn by using more hard surfaces to reduce electricity use with your lawnmower. Or perhaps you use a timer for your winter heating when leaving the heat on at a low level has been shown to reduce consumption. Cooking individual meals for families that could eat together is also an energy waste that can be recovered. Installing solar panels can produce energy for use in your home but the amount generated and the saving made depends on the position of your home and the time scale you need to recover the initial outlay. New smart meters claim to save you money by making you more aware of the energy you consume each day. However, these are not available everywhere in the country and there have been some issues with the technology.

After covering saving energy used for cooking and heating water in your home or office, we can make the transition to reducing the amount of electricity used for refrigeration, washing and lighting. Remember, up to 25% of total energy consumption in a home comes from these three areas. But don’t feel overwhelmed. Here are a few easy to implement strategies that can save on energy bills going forward.

Start With Heating.

The lowest cost method for reducing consumption is utilising programmable thermostats. Every degree that you adjust by equal a 4–5% reduction in energy usage for that system. Also, don’t forget to program thermostats to turn on and off at the proper times and you will begin to see a reduction in usage. Add strip curtains and automatic door closers to walks ins and Installing ECM’s on evaporator and condenser fans can reduce usage by approximately 2/3rds. On the lighting side, you have options as well. Start by adding occupancy sensors in select areas such as closets, storage rooms, staff bathrooms, etc. Also adding high-efficiency LED bulbs can reduce lighting consumption by up to 50%. Many utilities will cover a percentage (my local utility covers up to 70%) of the cost to purchase the bulbs, significantly improving ROI.

By implementing these simple strategies we have covered, you are well on your way to energy savings by reducing consumption which is a key element in any energy management plan.

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Britain’s Broken Broadband and Energy Network

Let's talk about the top 5 fuel efficient cars for snow and how this may save you some money as well as a trip into the ditch. The time is upon us, that time of year where you head out to go to work and you find a foot of new snow in your drive way. This heeds warning as to what the road conditions are going to be for the rest of your trip.

You want to be prepared to tackle the drive through the snow this winter.

If you are concerned about your vehicle getting you through the wintry conditions this article will shed some light on good winter vehicles that can help make your destination on time and safe.

If you are concerned that the vehicle you do have is going to cost you an arm and a leg to travel through the snowy mess, this article will help you decide on a car that will endure the treacherous drive as well as save you a little money on fuel.

And, finally here is a compact car that can do the job...

Suzuki Sx4 - This car offers the AWD feature that is a beautiful thing if you will be driving on slippery, snowy road conditions. Not all compact cars offer this feature so this makes the Suzuki Sx4 a beauty when it comes to winter conditions. The extreme handling and the strong engine will help you plow through the snow. The AWD feature will get you 20 mpg in the city and 29 across the highway.

When looking for the top 5 fuel efficient cars for snow, this is a great list to start with that will help make your travels easier as well as save you a few bucks on fuel.

Saving More On Energy Costs For Residents of Barnet

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How Does the Wholesale Price of Gas Affect Household Energy Bills? Q and A

Energy suppliers are feeling increased pressure from the government to regulate and lower the cost of their fuel prices, after three of the big six energy suppliers have raised their energy prices once again by 20%.

The companies have all blamed the rise in gas prices on the rise in the wholesaler's prices.

The first thing to understand is that these companies we pay for our gas and electric bills, rarely produce the energy themselves. Like any other retailer, they buy their product from a wholesaler.

Q: If we check how much wholesalers are selling their fuel for, will it show if energy suppliers are justified in their high fuel prices?

If only it was that simple!

There are a lot of energy prices on the market, and they change every day, therefore the cost will differentiate when supply and demand goes up and down.

Wholesale prices are set at which period or season they are selling for. For example, a wholesaler and energy company may strike up a deal called 'winter 2017'. The energy firm is agreeing to buy gas to be shipped to them throughout October to March.

More expenses and pay outs are unlikely to do the economy any good.

Q: why doesn't the existing competition lower prices anyway?

Tariffs are still likely to mirror each other. Every time one supplier announces a price hike, it becomes easier for others to do the same, similar to how the cost of petrol can fluctuate so easily.

What you have to remember is that the 'big six' energy companies are trying like the rest of the economy, to make money, and that they'll be playing the field to get the best prices and stay on top of the market just like any other profit driven firm.

As a vocational training provider of plumbing, electrical and gas courses to people throughout the UK we inform our trainees of national news that will affect them and their customers.

So you want to know how to save money on energy bills? Well, the first and most popular way people tend to inflate parts of an energy bill is excessive ignorance. It's simple. People are ignorant when they drive, when they use certain systems at home, and when they use energy in general. The very first thing you must conquer is the amount of energy you do. The mindset is where it starts.

Another thing you'll want to invest in is your own solar grid or windmill to capture your own solar and wind energy. Don't know how? No problem. Earth4Energy can teach you. It's a guide that shows you more than enough ways to cut your energy costs up to 90% and save you thousands of dollars. You will be able to build your own solar grid and windmill. After reading this guide, it wouldn't be so hard.

If your local Utility company is one of the big six energy suppliers you probably aren’t getting the best deal possible. Most of the cheaper tariffs are offered by smaller, often unfamiliar companies. These are typically hidden or don’t feature prominently on the major energy comparison websites that compare the market.

Top 5 Fuel Efficient Cars For Snow

There is a long way before EVs become mainstream but there is clear sign of growth and clear steps for us to take action to accelerate the market.

Electric vehicles are zero emissions during its use. They need to be recharged by connecting it to an electricity supply and so the CO2 impact depends on how green is the grid electricity. Electric vehicles will be better for local air quality as no emissions are produced by the car, except generation of electricity which will likely be from a power station.

This brilliant analysis by CarbonCounter by MIT helps us understand each car models against climate targets. Lifetime cost of each vehicle per mile driven is compared against greenhouse gas emission target of 2 degrees C global warming.

Lifetime costs of EV in yellow vs Internal Combustion Engine Cars in black (http://carboncounter.com/)Our results show that you don’t have to pay more for a low-carbon-emitting vehicle. Many electric vehicles are the same price, or cheaper, than similar gasoline cars. The average greenhouse gas emissions of all cars shown here are more than 50% higher than the 2030 climate target, with no internal combustion vehicles meeting the target. Most hybrid and electric vehicles, on the other hand, already meet the 2030 goal today, with today’s electricity mix.— CarbonCounter.com MIT Trancik Lab

Buying EV

With nearly 1 in 6 people in Europe considering buying an electric vehicle, there are more options available and a growing number of services becoming available. There are calculators to help compare electric vs petrol/diesel fuel cost and websites to guide you through comparisons of different electric vehicle such as Next Green Car.

EV Charge Points

We have seen the growth of apps for EV charge point maps such as Zap-Map, PlugShare, and Open Charge Map. Plug share is mainly based in the US and Canada. Zap-Map has the most comprehensive map of the UK. Open Charge Map is a global non-commercial, open source project.

They each have communities of EV drivers using the apps. Data source varies but they mainly crowdsource charging point information from their community of EV drivers onto their map or partner directly with networks of charge point providers or installers to list the charge points.

Zap-map provides a comprehensive comparison of charging networks and their cost structure. For instance, Ecotricity provides green electricity on their network of Electric Highway. Tesla provides Tesla Model S and Model X owners free access to their network. Most network would require a RFID card for payment and access to the charge points. The networks too have their own apps.

These aggregated charge point apps generally allow you to selects or register your electric vehicle and helps you find the charging points that are compatible to your vehicle. They will also display live data on the of availability or status of the charge points and can allows reporting to the owners if faulty. Charge points vary by type charging speed (slow, fast, AC, DC) and connectors. Users can even add photos of the charge point to the app and rate and review the charge points.

EV Rentals

For people who are not EV car owners but may want to enjoy a zero emissions journey, there is the option of EV car clubs.

E-Car is UK’s first entirely electric pay-per-use EV car club in the UK, now part of Europcar. They offer last minute self-service booking via their app and you can access the car by holding the membership card on the windscreen and the door unlocks. They operate a mixed-use model and partner with business parks, local authorities and universities. They are also the world’s first equity crowdfunding exit when acquired by Europcar in 2015, proving a great success for the cleantech crowdfunding market.

Other alternatives include Co-wheels Car Club which is a social enterprise with a bigger fleet of low-emissions electric cars, hybrids and vans for rental.

The benefit of allowing people to try out a range of electric cars is that this will encourage people to buy electric cars which will help accelerate the move towards EV.

EV Taxis

For those who are not into the driving, there are services out there to access EV. Gliide is a London-based taxi service apps that work with a fleet of Teslas. Thrive another taxi service app operates with a fully electric vehicle fleet composed of Chinese manufactured EV’s BYD. Bookings and payments are done via the app. Newcomers Hoopoe-Electric also operate a small fleet of Teslas.

EV Secondary Market

We can also expect the rise of the secondary market for EV-related items. Online marketplaces such as Eco-Car.net where people buy and sell EVs and related accessories such as EV cables will continue to grow, not to mention the emergence of the second hand EV battery market when this battery capacity becomes not road worthy but good enough to be repurposed for home energy storage e.g. Project Aceleron.

So let us know what you think of the EV market. Are there any new EV related services that you have seen?

If you have missed it, head back to read here:

Day 1 of XMas — Food Waste Apps

Day 2 of XMas — Air Quality Apps

Day 3 of XMas — Transport Services

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Did you receive the latest monthly electrical consumption bill? I’m sure, if you are in the UK, you will read the content with anger and disgust, often because of the data showed on the bill. You might be tempted to find ways to reduce the reading on your next electric bill. A large portion of your take-home pay will always be paid to the owners and shareholders of the company that is providing you with electricity. Tampering with the electric meter is a crime, and diverting the flow of excess electricity is dangerous too. So let's not go there! Consider Coffee as an Electricity Reducer! You’ll think this as a scam or just gimmickry but those users who are already enjoying its benefits can give you proof that it is true. The lady who shared with me the technique on how to put the coffee on the cord of every electrical gadget or appliance at home showed her recent electric bill revealing a more reduced amount that she should expect. A friend of my landlady here in London, who owns a forwarding service or freight company testified that he too believes in the authenticity of this marvellous use of coffee. To tell you straight, I was also doubtful regarding this, because I don't know the component of coffee that can reduce the surge of electric power. Only the experts know. The Story Behind This Discovery. The beautiful and humble beginning of this discovery came from a not-so-prominent guy whose mother was on the verge of dying due to a terminal disease. He was able to mix the coffee with the following (aside from sugar and milk):
  1. Spirulina - this awesome seaweed that is rich in energy-giving nutrients and minerals
  2. Ganoderma or Brazilian Agaricus - a kind of tropical mushroom that is usually mixed with ground coffee beans, dubbed as a king mushroom
  3. glutathione - a very good whitening agent and anti-oxidant
  4. ginseng- libido booster
  5. moringa -malunggay, tropical vegetable as immune system booster, too.
With the production of his coffee that was approved by Burea of Food and Drugs (BFAD) now also called Food and Drug Administration (FDA), he was able to sell it during trade fairs and exhibitions. The potency of his version of mix coffee was able to prolong the life of his mother With continuous research, he also added into his coffee the unique function as electricity reducer! In a desperate situation, he was in, during the ailing period of his mother, he tried putting the coffee on the cords of his electrical gadget and appliances. After one month, a new electric bill arrived showing reduced consumption! To the public, he recommends his coffee as an additional energy-saving component at home or even in a big business who use much of highly-priced electricity in the land where the providers are cashing in huge money from the consumers.

This is what I did at home

Ordering a box of that particular mix of coffee will need around Php250.00 pesos ($5.00) for one user to avail. I mean, it's still on the stage of promotion, that's why when the producer (name withheld) presented it at the World Trade Center seminar hall at Pasay City, Philippines, the attendees cannot believe of what he's saying. Until he presented the evidences by showing his recent electric bills (no hanky-panky about it). The results are genuine. Most of them became interested and were able to be persuaded to share the knowledge they've learned during that seminar. In other words, it reached my home in the city. The ratio of using that sachets of coffee for every electrical appliance or gadget available at home will be like this (also depending on its size and wattage).
  1. electric fan - two sachets of coffee; it can be three pieces if it has bigger wattage
  2. television set - three sachets of coffee
  3. refrigerator - four sachets or more depending on its size
  4. laptop computer or desktop - three or four sachets of coffee
If you see some modern gadgets, the cord has its round capacitor that reduces electric consumption. Since, most of the gadgets we use don't have that special capacitor, this coffee mix will serve like it. Note: I cannot compare my electric bill now, while I'm doing this hub. I will be updating it, a month after and I hope it will be successful that I can see a reduced amount of consumption when the electric bill comes. (With personal opinion and biases from travel_man1971 aka Ireno Alcala, June 8, 2012)

Notes and Update: 8-in1 Micswell Coffee and Nikola Tesla

The 8-in-1 Micswell Coffee here is a patented product, one with eight active ingredients. It is also called Brazilian coffee by its distributor which has already several authorised local manufacturers in the Philippines. Like what I said when I did this article last year, it's always a question whether the aluminium foil or it's coffee mix content that made your electric bill decreases. Now, that a huge discussion has been happening in social networks, like Facebook and YouTube because of this awesome innovation in my country, a more sound explanation is needed as to why this is possible. The author has been convinced with the fact that: "ENERGY CANNOT BE CREATED NEITHER DESTROYED BUT IT CAN TRANSFORM FROM ONE FORM TO ANOTHER."

From the book of Nikola Tesla regarding electricity, radio and wireless transmission.

NIKOLA TESLA (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electrical supply system. He was also dubbed as 'mad scientist' during his time due to his miraculous inventions, from condenser to capacitor, bladeless turbine, coaxial coils and a lot more, He was more concentrated on magnetic field, the ambient and radiant energy that can prove of a free energy that we can use without the worry of electric bill every month.

Amazing Electricity! Really?

Still, many are adamant about the fuzz or buzz on this coffee thing as electricity reducer. It may sound like a scam because the coffee that I've used was dealt upon by a business enthusiast who used to frequent product demonstration at the World Trade Center. I am not promoting the coffee, per se, but the benefits or comfort that it will give, a lower electric billing. Unlike before, you'll wish that you'll install a solar power system, even wind power system in order to cut off a high monthly bill on electricity. If you cannot pay in full for the installation of sun or wind power, then you can settle with this coffee thing. The proof will always depend on your decision to try this procedure, whether you're already fed up with me or out of curiosity.