Top news stories of 2010
As 2010 draws to a close, here’s a look back over the most popular uSwitch news stories of the year:
It’s hardly a surprise that this story comes in at number one. Our annual Quality of life Index – which named France the best place to live, and the UK and Ireland the worst – made the headlines and stirred up plenty of debate.
Earlier in the year, the energy companies were in constant competition to be crowned ‘the cheapest energy supplier’. So we looked at what these claims really mean, and explained why the cheapest energy supplier might not be the cheapest energy supplier for you.
The headline says it all really…the differences in regional energy prices caught the attention of plenty of our readers, who were shocked to see just how much of a difference where they lived could make to how much they paid for their gas and electricity.
This story about upcoming tax changes for 2010-11, which featured and interview with John Whiting, Tax Policy Director at the Chartered Institute of Taxation, was a surprise hit. Who knew tax could be so interesting?
It seems fitting that our top communications story should be about the iPhone 4, almost certainly the most talked-about mobile phone of the year.
We sometimes take it for granted that when we flick the light switch or turn on the hob there will be electricity or gas there for us. This story looks at the things that go on behind the scenes to make sure we have power when and where we need it.
The government’s boiler scrappage scheme, which offered £400 towards the cost of a new boiler, was big news in January 2010.
In 2010 smart meters started to work their way into the public consciousness, so it made an impression when First Utility announced that it would be offering free smart meters to homes nationwide with its Smart as Standard tariff.
Our credit card customer satisfaction awards crowned M&S and Tesco joint winners. Look out for the results of our next survey in the New Year.
Plenty of readers were intrigued by innovative new ‘pay-as-you-go’ car insurance schemes and the potential savings they could offer.
Our top blog post was:
Anyone for free solar power? – Lots of people read this post by guest blogger Emma Hughes, Editor of the Solar Power Portal, which explained how people could get ther hands on free solar panels for their home.
And finally, our most popular video of the year:
How to take a meter reading