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The best energy stories of 2014

What were the most popular, the strangest and our favourite news stories of the year?

Energy refunds, small suppliers and floating wind turbines made the headlines in 2014

Energy refunds, small suppliers and floating wind turbines made the headlines in 2014

It’s that time of the year again when our editors get together and round-up the most popular, the most interesting and the strangest stories of the past 12 months.

The most popular

Energy suppliers to hand back £153m of unclaimed credit

This story emerged in September and again in December, when it came out that energy companies were holding an estimated £153m of their former customers’ money. As a result, the My Energy Credit campaign was launched in a bid to reunite consumers with their money – an estimated £50 per household involved.

Find out if you’re owed money and how to reclaim your energy refund in our Getting an Energy Refund Guide.

Five more energy saving tips for summer

Who doesn’t want to save money on their energy bills and help out the environment at the same time? In this post, we put together a list of tips on cutting your energy bills during the summer months.

5 ways to cut your energy bill this winter

If you’re interested in cutting your bills when it’s hot, odds are you’d like to do the same thing when it’s cold. In this popular piece, our writers put together a list of five suggestions for keeping your bills under control in the cold winter months.

Editor’s choice

2014 was very much the year of the small supplier. From the outset of 2014, independent providers dominated the best-buy tables by offering cheap energy plans. As a result we decided to find out a bit more about them and created our “Meet the small energy suppliers” series. In a series of interviews we got to know a bit more about individual independent energy companies and how they work.

The uSwitch Energy Awards 2014 provided yet more proof that small suppliers really came of age in 2014. In the latest edition, small suppliers were included for the first time and OVO Energy and First Utility came first and second in terms of overall customer satisfaction rating.

The weird and wonderful

Inflatable wind turbines that soar high above the ground? Part of the future of wind energy according to Altaeros Energies.

Floating solar panels? Find out how one man in Berkshire is hoping to make money with his fleet of floating solar panels.

Have a great 2015!