Members of the public are being warned to make sure they employ electricians with the proper safety accreditation.
Nearly eight million households will be hit with higher energy costs from Saturday when British Gas hikes its prices in the latest round of winter bill rises.
Five of the six companies that own and operate Britain's local electricity network have been told they must do more to cut costs for consumers.
National Grid fuelled anger over soaring energy bills as it revealed a hike in earnings from UK gas and electricity networks after increasing the amount it charges households.
A new player in the UK energy market is to be created after RWE npower agreed a deal to offload 770,000 customer accounts.
Energy firms will be forced to give consumers a breakdown of their costs, the government has announced.
Scientists fear rising energy bills may lead to an increase in obesity after discovering a link between poorly-heated homes and higher body fat.
Households have suffered energy price rises eight times higher than the average increase in earnings over the last three years, according to Citizens Advice.
More than a quarter of people who have stashed away some emergency cash have broken into it for no pressing reason, a survey shows.
A "large number" of consumers are in significant debt to their energy provider but disconnections have fallen to an all-time low, according to an Ofgem report.
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