BT wants a slice of the smart energy meter market
BT has today announced plans to become involved in the UK smart energy meter market via a partnership with Arqiva and Detica. This will be via a bidding process which the UK government is administering at the moment in relation to a radio network which would allow companies to communicate with 28 million homes and small businesses in the UK which will have smart energy meters installed over the next decade.
BT will be fighting it out with companies such as Vodafone and Orange for the contract which many believe is worth potentially £7 billion and will prove a very useful income stream in the future. The very fact that the smart meters will use telecommunications to communicate information is obviously a plus point for the likes of BT, Vodafone and Orange, giving these companies ahead start, but there is more to this than just telecommunications.
The idea with regards to smart energy meters is the needs to monitor the use of energy around the UK and attempt to make changes to improve efficiencies and carbon missions. While many homes currently use energy hungry appliances in off-peak times there are still many households that are "not as efficient as they could be".
Online shoppers put off by hidden charges
Ninety-three per cent of Brits say that they are annoyed by certain shopping websites hiding extra charges from them until the final point of purchase.Philfing, short for 'purposely hiding what I'm looking for', is the new moniker used to describe webmasters hiding extra charges for delivery, insurance and credit card use, for example.A survey by MoreComputers website found that hidden delivery ch...Read More
Are We Approaching The Age Of Public Transport?
As the price of oil, and consequently fuel, continues to spiral higher in the UK and car taxes look set to rise again there is speculation that the main boom area of the future will be pubic transport companies. When you also take into account the growing number of green taxes hitting the UK motorist, slowly but surely it looks as though we are all being pushed towards public transport. But will...Read More
Learn to budget or face financial ruin!
Only last week we saw the disappointing news that more and more people in the UK are now using their credit cards to pay their household monthly bills. This comes at a time when UK credit card interest rates are at ridiculous levels, often in excess of 20%, and more and more people are struggling to cover their monthly obligations. There is a need for all of us to learn to budget otherwise we coul...Read More
The great energy voucher trick
When will the government ever learn? We see them in the press suggesting that things are afoot to take the pressure of those in most need, but then silence.
The latest scheme to hit the skids is the much vaunted energy payment voucher which was supposed to see those at the bottom end of the income scale receive a £100 money off voucher against their energy costs. While this is on...
Over half of Britons do not have a will
11/09/2014 New research has found that 28.7 million British adults have not yet written a will. The study, conducted by unbiased.co.uk, shows more than half of the population has not yet written a will. This leaves the sorting out of assets to the state, which can mean months of delays and inconvenience before loved ones are told what will happen. These are known as intestacy rules, and eve...Read More