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How to make your home more energy efficient

The energy regulator, Ofgem, says the average dual fuel bill for gas and electricity is almost £1400 a year.

A campaign group is calling on the Government to spend far more money on making our homes more energy efficient.

Derek Proud has been speaking to Dawn Keightley from Durham based Four Housing Group and Jenny Holland from the campaign group Energy Bill Revolution.

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Cash boost for County Durham fuel poverty service

Older people living in fuel poverty in County Durham will benefit from a £364,000 grant awarded to a free service providing energy saving guidance and financial advice.

Managing Money Better helps people heat their homes efficiently and cost-effectively and advises them on how to remain debt free.

One in five older people now live below the poverty line and many lack access to good, independent financial advice.

The project has been awarded the cash by Comic Relief.

Customers are visited by one of the project's energy co-ordinators to carry out a household MOT and welfare advice is also given to ensure older people are claiming the benefits they are entitled to.

"We are delighted to be supporting this new project in the north-east of England helping older people deal with the effects of fuel poverty and the rising cost of living and look forward to seeing some very positive outcomes for them as a result."

– Gilly Green, head of UK grants at Comic Relief
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UK household energy bills set to rise further

Around 300,000 more homes are likely to have been pushed into "fuel poverty" by Christmas, a campaign group has warned.

The Fuel Poverty Advisory Group says six million people are now struggling to pay their energy bills.

It comes as the industry regulator Ofgem announced a multi-billion pound network upgrade, adding yet more to the bill of every consumer.

Stephen Douglas reports: