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Reducing the stress of financial hardship on the most vulnerable

Charis client services director Jonathan Hunt outlines the impact the Charis Shop platform is having on organisations working directly with the most vulnerable in their care.

Jonathan Hunt

Supporting vulnerable people in their homes is a fundamental aspect of community care, whether they are recovering after a stay in hospital, struggling with mental health

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Improving customer trust is the top priority for AV professionals

High-trust organisations believe technology choices play a vital part in securing customer trust

For nearly three quarters of AV professionals (70%) improving customer trust is the number one priority when selecting new collaboration and communication tech, beating other options such as increasing efficiency (69%) and increasing productivity (68%). That’s according to a new ‘Trusted Connections

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Ofgem price cap reduction – what does it mean?

Comment from Ollie Gray, business development director, Charis

While Charis welcomes the reduction in the Ofgem price cap this July from £3280 to £2074, households will still be paying generally double what they were paying in 2021. The cumulative effect of the increase in the overall cost of living has meant that many people have

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Energy: Harvest for the world

By Graham Martin, Chairman and CEO, EnOcean Alliance

There has never been a more pressing need to husband the world’s resources and reduce global energy consumption. Developments in building automation are a promising way forward; in particular, using self-powered devices that harvest energy from the environment and manual operation.

The need is pressing. Most of

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Are we heading towards an energy cliff edge?

Oliver Gray, Charis business development director

By Ollie Gray, business development director, Charis

So, are we better off or worse off this spring when it comes to our energy bills?

Unfortunately, despite falling wholesale costs, the average household bill is still set to rise to £3000 in April, and many will need

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Public sector ICT switches to greater energy efficiency

Sascha Giese

Sascha Giese, SolarWinds Head Geek™

The recent spike in energy prices has once again drawn attention to the costs associated with powering IT infrastructure, and high-density technologies such as data centres aren’t the only things under the spotlight.

The energy consumption of technology across departments and agencies within the government—including PCs,

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Is it now time to introduce a subsidised social energy tariff for the most vulnerable in our communities?

By Ollie Gray, business development director, Charis Grants Ltd

It’s a strange world when you consider those being forced against their will onto prepayment meters because they are struggling to pay their bills, actually end up being charged higher prices as a result – but that is exactly what is happening.

According to the

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SMS installs UK’s first ever U16 gas smart meter for Octopus Energy customer

The smart energy infrastructure specialist, SMS, is the first meter installer to bring the device to the UK market Until now, thousands of customers with larger gas supplies – such as large domestic dwellings or commercial properties – have not been able to switch their traditional analogue meter to a smart meter

The UK’s

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FOUR WEEKS LEFT TO APPLY FOR FUNDING TO UPDATE ELECTRICITY GENERATORS

Local authorities that own or operate electricity generation like solar, wind, gas and combined heat and power (CHP) have got just four weeks left to apply for funding to help them update their generation equipment. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 10 May 2022.

The funding is part of the Accelerated Loss of Mains Change

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BRITISH GAS AND SO ENERGY COMMIT TO EFFECTIVE ENERGY GROUP’S FUEL POVERTY SCHEME

A new scheme that local authorities can invest their Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LADs) and Home Upgrade Grant Scheme (HUGs) budgets in has received backing from British Gas and So Energy.

Neil Marshall – director of external affairs – Effective Energy Group

Developed by Nottinghamshire-based, Effective Energy Group, Help4Homes goes further than

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EFFECTIVE SEEKS TO ENERGISE SUPPORT TO HELP HOMES IN NEED

Effective Energy Group’s Help4Homes scheme is aimed at providing the help that will make a real difference for homes in fuel poverty

The Effective Energy Group has launched an innovative and holistic new scheme that provides energy saving advice, free heating, insulation and white goods and an income maximisation service for low-income and

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Vicki Gets Set to Energise Local Network Growth Plans

Vicki Dunn

Energy Assets Networks & Pipelines, a leader in final mile gas and electricity network adoption, ownership and management, has appointed a new Business Development Manager covering the north of England and Scotland.

Vicki Dunn, from Tadcaster near York, joins EAN/P with strong industry experience, having previously worked for companies involved in

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Key ways to gain a budget boost and lower impacts on the environment

By Scott MacIndeor, water and sustainability lead and Head of Advanced Services, Water Plus

Public Sector organisations have a great opportunity currently to give a boost to budgeting, lower impacts on the environment – and get ahead of the curve for future legislation. It’s down to the water that’s flowing through the taps, showers and

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NEW PLANS TO MAKE UK WORLD-LEADER IN GREEN ENERGY AND SUPPORT 60,000 JOBS

The Prime Minister has set out new plans to Build Back Greener by making the UK the world leader in clean wind energy – creating jobs, slashing carbon emissions and boosting exports.

£160 million will be made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure across communities like in Teesside and Humber in Northern England, Scotland and

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RECCo announces Code Manager bid partners for delivery of consumer-focused approach to UK retail energy

Following a highly competitive procurement process, last week The Retail Energy Code Company (RECCo) announced the appointment of three new service providers to carry out the Code Manager function for the Retail Energy Code. RECCo is the corporate vehicle for ensuring the proper, effective, and efficient implementation and ongoing management of the Retail Energy Code

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ENGIE enters local authority energy white label market with Cheshire West and Chester Council’s ‘Qwest Energy’

ENGIE, the leading energy and services Group, has signed its first energy white label contract with a local authority – Cheshire West and Chester – to supply householders across the north-west of England from a new local energy platform called Qwest Energy.

The proposition sees ENGIE become the first private sector business to partner with

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