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".
Some UK carers on less than £2 an hour
A report by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers has highlighted the heartbreaking lifestyle which many people in the UK are suffering when looking after sick relatives at home. It is believed that when taking into account the benefits available for home carers some people are working for as little as £1.54 an hour while saving the state around £87 billion a year. The plight of home carers is...Read More
More than 1 in 4 feel finances are 'out of control'
More than a quarter (27 per cent) of Britons sometimes or always feel out of control with their finances, new research reveals.According to GE Money eight per cent say they regularly spend more than they earn with over a third of Britons (37 per cent) saying their spending habits have changed in the last six to 12 months with the majority of those admitting that they are making a conscious effort...Read More
UK government is set to outlaw buy one get one free food offers
In a move which reflects the growing "nanny state" of the UK, where decisions are taken out of the hands of consumers and business leaders, the UK government looks set to ban buy one get one free offers in the food industry. Under the guise of reducing waste and assisting the environment, the UK government is currently in talks with the food industry about changes for the future.
Money saving ideas which may keep you out of trouble
Quite literally every person in the UK has had to reassess their lifestyle and cost of living over the last few months as the economy continues to fall and incomes come under more and more pressure. But there are money-saving ideas out there, many which are very simple to put into practice, which can save you substantial amounts in the longer term. Some of the more popular money-saving ideas inclu...Read More
Comparison websites back in the limelight!
Plans to introduce a watchdog to cover the UK comparison website sector have collapsed when a voluntary code attracted little attention and very few signatures from industry players. A number of the more prominent comparison websites in the UK refused to sign up for a number of reasons and there are now concerns that the UK government will step in to introduce a more formal watchdog for the sector...Read More