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Government to tackle rising energy costs

18 October 2011 No Comment

The government are set to deliver some “real hits” on energy prices as energy secretary Chris Huhne prepares to combat gas and electricity providers, reports Business Green.

A joint article from Huhne and Prime Minister David Cameron, acting as a precursor to today’s energy summit in London, outlined their determination to see a fall in prices.

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Renewable steps to reduce energy costs

Likewise, consumers are being urged to take renewable steps to reduce their energy prices such as installing solar panels or implementing internal wall cladding in their properties.

Do more to win customer confidence

While the energy secretary admits that gas and electricity providers are not “The Salvation Army”, he expects the firms to operate in a fair and competitive market. He also wants providers to do more to win customer confidence.

Huhne posed this question, cited by the Guardian:

“Can we actually, by making the market more competitive, get a better deal here in the UK?”

“We want people to check their tariffs, we want people to switch to cheaper tariffs and we want people to take advantage of the free offers that there are to insulate their homes so they can protect themselves from rising bills this winter.”

Switch to renewable energy

By switching to renewable energy sources, Huhne believes Britain’s long-term aim to stop being so reliant on fossil fuels will be achievable.

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