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Ben Gallizzi

Energy Expert

About the Author

Ben is’s energy expert. Since 2018, he’s written about a range of energy topics for, Uswitch and SaveOnEnergy, including covering industry news and ensuring consumers can access up-to-date information to help them save money on their gas and electricity.

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Powered by poo

The energy experts at reveal the weird and wonderful alternative energy sources that could soon be powering our homes soon.

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The Green Degree

The Green Degree

The energy experts at spoke with Universities across the UK to reveal which are leading the way with renewable energy initiatives with the aim of switching to greener energy plans or even achieving net zero in the near future.

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Top 10 heatwave hacks on a budget

The heatwave has arrived in the UK, and managing to stay cool can be difficult and costly. The experts at have provided some simple budget friendly hacks to help stay chilled this summer.

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Six world-famous landmarks reimagined as green energy hubs

Six of the world’s most famous landmarks have been given a green makeover and reimagined as environmentally friendly energy hubs.

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Lowering your energy bills: lessons from science

How to transform your house into an ultra-energy efficient eco-home

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Should you get a smart meter?

Technology is smarter than ever and a new monitor could cut the cost of your energy bills. Here is what you need to know about smart meters and whether they can save you money.

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Electric vehicles: should you get one and how will it affect your energy bills?

Electric vehicles are coming, whether you like it or not - the government is committed to phasing out the use of petrol and diesel cars, and some manufacturers like Jaguar have already announced that they'll be all-electric in the next few years. It pays to be clued up ahead of time - find out what electric vehicles might mean for you here.

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What is the Green Homes Grant?

The Green Homes Grant has garnered a lot of column inches since its introduction in 2020, but not always for the right reasons. Find out why in our guide.

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What are Winter Fuel Payments?

Winter Fuel Payments can be a lifeline for those on low incomes to keep the heating going during the coldest months. Find out more about Winter Fuel Payments and how to apply for them in our guide.

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What is the Renewable Heat Incentive?

Part of a plethora of measures designed to help people save money on their energy, the Renewable Heat Incentive is always a popular option. Find out more about it in our guide.

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When is the best time to switch my energy deal?

We all (hopefully) know why we should switch our energy deal, but is there an optimal time to do so? Read our guide to find out.

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The Eco Pets League

Discover which of our beloved pets have the least impact on the planet as our energy experts present The Eco Pets League.

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Rising tides - the tourist destinations that could disappear by 2100

With global warming and sea levels rising, we could lose some of the biggest tourist spots in the next 100 years. Find out which tourist hotspots are most at risk.

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Valentine's Day guide to burning love and calories

The energy experts at investigate how much exercise is needed to burn off your Valentine's Day treats.

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Festive calories around the world - an energy expert's guide to holiday treats

'tis the season to treat yourself but which holiday treats from around the world have the most calories? This new guide reveals a list of the healthiest and the most calorific Christmas puddings.

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What’s the best city to live in based on your diet?

Compare the cost of living for vegans and vegetarians around the world with this easy-to-use calculator revealing vegan cooking classes, speciality restaurants and food costs on a UK energy comparison site.

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What are ground source heat pumps?

Ground source heat pumps can be an attractive means of heating water, but are they right for you? Our guide has the answers.

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What is the energy price cap?

The energy price cap was brought in by the government to limit the amount that energy providers could charge customers, but has it worked and is it something customers should rely on? Find out in our guide.

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Top ten energy-saving tips

We could all do with a few pointers on how to save energy - here are our top ten energy-saving tips.

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Energy Performance Certificates

When buying or renting a home, you'll need to see its Energy Performance Certificate. This guide tells you what it is and why you need to be mindful of what it says.

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Using hot water efficiently

A lot of energy is used in heating and using water - are there ways of using hot water in an energy-efficient way? Our guide reveals all.

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How to use smart thermostats

Smart thermostats aren't the same as smart meters, which they're often compared to, but they could still be extremely important in helping you control your energy usage. Our guide has all the smart thermostat information you need here.

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Energy-saving gadgets

It's important to save energy, and there are an increasing number of gadgets available to help you do so. We run down some of the options available in this guide.

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How can I reduce my carbon footprint?

Reducing our carbon footprint is something we're all thinking about, but how can we do it? Our guide has some tips you might find useful.

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How to bleed a radiator

Bleeding radiators to ensure your heating works properly is key to increasing energy efficiency. Our guide walks you through how to do it.

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Who are the UK's energy companies?

With many UK energy companies out there to choose from, our guide gives you the run-down of who they are and how to decide between them.

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Cold Weather Payments

As one of a number of government grants designed to help the more vulnerable parts of the population, Cold Weather Payments are vital for many. To find out if you could be eligible for them, take a look at our guide.

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What are energy customers’ rights?

What are your rights as an energy customer? Find out in our guide.

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Advance gas and electricity payments

Some energy plans allow customers to pay in advance - are these worth signing up for? Our guide has the answers you need.

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What is the Priority Services Register?

For the more vulnerable amongst us, being signed up to the Priority Services Register could be very important. Find out more about what you could get if you sign up.

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What is a standard variable rate tariff?

A standard variable rate tariff is one of the most common types of energy tariff. Who are they a good option for, though? Our guide has the answers you need.

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How to make an energy supplier complaint

It's not nice to make an energy supplier complaint, but sometimes you'll have no choice. In the event that you need to do so, this guide tells you what to do and who to speak to.

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What does Ofgem do?

Ofgem is the regulatory body for energy suppliers and consumers - read our guide to find out what its responsibilities are and when it could help you out.

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Economy 10

You might have heard of Economy 7, but what about Economy 10? Is it better? Is it worse? Should you try and take advantage of it? Our guide has the answers you need.

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Energy supplier debt

What happens when you're in debt to your energy supplier? Our guide explains everything you need to know about energy supplier debt.

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Who are the big six energy suppliers?

You'll hear a lot of talk about the big six energy suppliers, but who are they? Are they really worth your time? Is there even a big six anymore?

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Electricity meters explained

Each electricity meter isn't necessarily the same - there are several electricity meters and you'll need to know which one you have in order to make smart decisions about your energy.

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Octopus Energy

One of the most recognisable energy providers is Octopus Energy, which has risen quickly to become a key supplier to customers throughout the UK. Read more in our guide.

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E.ON is one of the UK's big six energy suppliers, but is it a good option for you? Our guide covers everything you need to know about E.ON's energy offering.

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British Gas

British Gas is one of the best-known companies in any industry in the UK, and it has the customer base to match. If you're thinking about signing up with them, read our guide first.

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EDF Energy

As one of the UK's big six energy suppliers, EDF Energy is in a strong position within the market, but is it worth signing up to from a consumer point-of-view?

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OVO Energy

With the big six long established in the UK, the greatest threat to their dominance is OVO Energy, which recently made headlines by agreeing to take on SSE's customer base. Our guide explains how the provider rose to such lofty heights.

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Bulb Energy

Though not officially one of the UK's big six energy suppliers, Bulb's rapid rise to become one of the most popular providers in the country has been extremely impressive. But with only one tariff, are they a good option for you?

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Boost Energy

Boost Energy is an up-and-coming energy supplier offering pay-as-you-go energy to customers. Our independent guide contains the answers to all your questions about Boost.

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ScottishPower is one of the big six energy suppliers, but does that automatically make it a good option for you? Read our guide to find out.

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Economy 7

Could you benefit from cheaper electricity rates at night? If so, Economy 7 energy might be for you. Read the guide to find out what it is and whether it's an option for you to consider.

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Underfloor heating

Underfloor heating tends to be thought of as one of those "made it" purchases, but it's actually more affordable than you might think. Our guide explains all.

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How to switch energy supplier when in credit

It might surprise you to learn that you can switch energy supplier when in credit. What's the process? How does it work? This is the guide you need.

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A complete guide to fixed price energy tariffs

Fixed price energy tariffs are a popular option among energy customers looking to ensure that their fees won't be unexpectedly raised. This guide covers the advantages and disadvantages of signing up to one, among other subjects.

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The Warm Home Discount

The Warm Home Discount is a scheme designed to help pensioners and lower income households save money on their energy bills. To find out if you're eligible, read our guide.

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What is green energy?

Green energy is better for the environment than fossil fuels, and could help you save money on your energy bill too. Here is everything you need to know about green energy.

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How to read your energy bill

Keeping an eye on your energy bills and usage could help you save money. Here is everything you need to know about reading your energy bill.

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How to manage your energy service

You may need to contact your energy supplier from time to time to make changes to your account. Here is everything you need to know about managing your gas and electricity.

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How to switch energy supplier

You could save money on your gas and electricity by comparing energy prices. Here is how to switch energy supplier and how much you could save by choosing a better deal.

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How do energy tariffs work?

Your gas and electricity tariff affects how much your energy costs, so picking the right one could save you money. Here is what you need to know about how your energy tariff works.

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What to do if you're worried about the cost of your heating

If you're worried about falling temperatures, snow and freezing fog this winter most of us reach to turn up the thermostat. But if you spend the winter with your heating on high, your energy bill may leave you feeling cold.

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How to handle problems with your gas and electricity

If you are having problems with your gas or electricity, there are ways to get help. Here is what you need to know about handling problems with your energy service.

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How to choose the right energy tariff

Finding the right gas and electricity deal could save you hundreds of pounds a year on your energy bills. Here is what you need to know about choosing the right energy tariff.

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Is a prepayment meter right for you?

Pay as you go gas and electricity lets you top up credit when you need to, but could cost you more. Here is what you need to know about prepayment meters and if they are right for you.

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How to replace your boiler

New boilers are pricey, but what are gas boiler prices? Find out how much a new boiler costs, if it's worth the money and whether or not you really need one.

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