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Hive Active Heating combines a smartphone app with a connected thermostat to let customers control their heating on the go

In Brief: Thousands of homes install ‘smart’ thermostat; Early rates rise risk; Product recalls soar; Metro Bank raises £387m

British Gas has revealed that more than 50,000 Britons are using its apps to control their heating, less a week after Google spent $3.2bn (£1.9bn) on the “smart” home appliance maker Nest.

Big energy suppliers slump to new lows in satisfaction ratings

We’ve all been there, wading through the endless phone menus, queues and scripted conversations

Google to buy start-up Nest Labs for $3.2 bn

All-cash deal is the second largest in Google's history after the $12.5 billion acquisition of mobile phone maker Motorola in 2012

James Moore: Another man overboard as Centrica battles stormy sea

Outlook Now just how does that saying go about sinking ships and desertion?

Centrica finance director resigns to join Reed Elsevier

British Gas owner, Centrica, has lost another top executive after finance director Nick Luff announced he is leaving to take up the same post at publisher Reed Elsevier.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby meets with energy bosses

The Archbishop recently said that the wave of energy price hikes seems "inexplicable"

Energy firms accused of 'green murder' over levies rollback

Some energy companies have been accused of “getting away with green murder” for failing to pass on savings from a Government shake-up of levies.

Save the Children has been campaigning for victims of the Syrian war

The price of charity: Save the Children exposed after seeking approval of energy firms

Save the Children accused of suppressing criticism of corporate sponsor British Gas, while internal emails reveal how fuel poverty campaign was dropped to avoid offending EDF

Charities need money. But they also need principles

Every NGO worker knows that it is a privilege to work in the sector

Indyplus: Charities need money. But they also need principles

Every NGO worker knows that it is a privilege to work in the sector

Market Report: Speedy Hire shares take a dive

Speedy Hire shares collapsed on Friday following Thursday night’s revelation that chief executive Steve Corcoran was out the door after accounting irregularities were revealed.

'Decisions on energy go beyond the life of any Parliament,' says Steve Holliday

Steve Holliday: Playing the power game for Britain

The National Grid's chief executive talks to James Ashton about how to keep the lights on this winter… and plan for the future

London Mayor Boris Johnson’s ambitions to build an airport in the Thames Estuary has been dealt a major blow by Centrica’s £4.4bn deal

Centrica's gas deal may scupper Boris Johnson's plans for Thames Estuary airport

British Gas owner's £4.4bn LNG contract makes Mayor's plans 'unworkable'

The chief executive of Energy UK is former Conservative MP Angela Knight

The facts of the 'cosy' relationship between the 'Big Six' energy giants and David Cameron

Labour figures reveal that the combined profits of the “Big Six” power companies – SSE, Scottish Power, npower, EDF, Eon and British Gas – came to £3.37bn in 2012, up 73 per cent in just three years. Household bills are expected to rise a further 8 per cent this winter, sending average heating and lighting costs to around £1,400.

Father of iPod brings hi-tech heating to UK

Smart thermostats will help households save money on heating

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