News articles for November 2014

  • Power-efficient chips becoming latest ‘smart tech’ battleground

    Power-efficient chips becoming latest ‘smart tech’ battleground

    14th November 2014

    White goods manufacturers are hoping that a new generation of components will help them address concerns over the battery life of new ‘smart’ control systems, which are cited as one major factor holding back growth in their use.

  • Shale gas 'won't slash energy bills'

    Shale gas 'won't slash energy bills'

    13th November 2014

    Consumers have been warned that the British shale gas 'revolution' is likely to have minimal, if any, impact on household energy bills.

  • Samsung debuts SmartThings appliance controls

    Samsung debuts SmartThings appliance controls

    12th November 2014

    Electronics giant Samsung has unveiled its new SmartThings appliance controls, which allows consumers to monitor and control home appliances via a smartphone app.

  • Panasonic chief eyes European expansion

    Panasonic chief eyes European expansion

    11th November 2014

    The chief executive of Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has hinted that the firm is looking to strengthen its position in Europe.

  • Most householders 'to ration winter energy use'

    Most householders 'to ration winter energy use'

    10th November 2014

    A new survey has suggested that a majority of householders in the UK will ration energy use rather than forking out for gas and electricity this winter.

  • National Grid reports profit increase

    National Grid reports profit increase

    7th November 2014

    National Grid, which operates the UK's high-voltage electric transmission network, has posted an increase in pre-tax profits.

  • Wind energy exceeds Scottish power demand

    Wind energy exceeds Scottish power demand

    6th November 2014

    New figures have revealed that wind power provided more than enough electricity to meet domestic power demand in Scotland last month.

  • Beko fined over carbon monoxide risk

    5th November 2014

    Domestic appliances manufacturer Beko has been fined after admitting that it failed for four years to inform authorities that 23 of its cooker models posed a potential safety risk.

  • New device 'could cut energy bills'

    New device 'could cut energy bills'

    4th November 2014

    A new device which turns household electrical devices on and off depending on electricity wholesale prices could help consumers make big savings on their energy bills, it has been claimed.

  • Home appliance buys are most-researched online

    Home appliance buys are most-researched online

    3rd November 2014

    White goods and other big-ticket electrical items are the purchases which British shoppers most commonly research online before parting with their money.