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Top news stories of 2010

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2011 is just around the corner, but what were the top stories of 2010? Image from ItsLassieTime via Wikimedia Commons

As 2010 draws to a close, here’s a look back over the most popular uSwitch news stories of the year:

1.       UK worst place to live in Europe: Quality of Life Index

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.

2. Why the cheapest energy supplier isn’t always the cheapest

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.

3. Why where you live means you could pay £189 a year more for gas and electricity

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.

4. Tax changes for 2010/11 and how they affect you

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?

5. O2 launches iPhone 4 on pay-as-you-go

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.

6. 10 things you didn’t know about your gas and electricity

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.

7.       Boiler scrappage scheme takes off

The government’s boiler scrappage scheme, which offered £400 towards the cost of a new boiler, was big news in January 2010.

8.       First Utility launches new Smart as Standard smart meter tariff

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.

9. Big banks beaten by supermarkets in uSwitch credit card awards

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.

10. Pay-as-you-go car insurance: The pros and cons

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:

Lots of people read this post by guest blogger Emma Hughes, Editor of the Solar Power Portal, which explained how people could get their hands on free solar panels for their home.

And finally, our most popular video of the year:

How to take a meter reading