EDITOR’S NOTE

One of the big issues hitting the headlines at the moment is the cost of energy and as prices continue to soar it leaves us all wondering exactly how much it is going to cost us over the next few months. Nine million or so British Gas customers have already seen their energy bills jump when price increases took effect in August; Scottish Power’s customers are already paying more while Scottish & Southern Energy and E.ON are due to put their energy prices up this month.

It is without doubt a difficult time for everyone but one thing that is certain is that we will have to work together to find a way around the issue. The Government has unveiled possible routes to a low carbon economy in its recently published 2050 pathways analysis which sets out the goals which we need to achieve in order to harness a decarbonised grid to fuel the UK. But one thing which has become clear is that we still have a long way to go.

I am sure that sometimes it feels that just as you reach an important milestone, the goal posts are moved and you have to start from the beginning, looking at areas where further savings can be made.

In a lot of ways this is very true because there is new legislation and guidance from the Government being released on a regular basis. But at the same time there is also a lot of new technology on offer and manufacturers are showing an increasing desire to listen to the industry and use your feedback to make important changes to their products.

There is a lot of uncertainty in the industry at the moment, but one thing which I think we can guarantee is that energy prices are not going to drop in the near future. It is therefore up to you to make the right choice and guide your clients in the direction of the products which will prove to be the most energy efficient option both now and in the future.

See you next month

Tracey

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