National Grid

Hero or Villain? John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

You got chills, they're multiplyin'. Course they are. Because you've just heard about the latest plans from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John to release a, ahem, "heartwarming" Christmas album. And it's enough to send a shiver down the spine.

Five spots for winter rambles

Nothing beats a good, blustery winter walk followed by some reheating by a real fire. Here are five spots to get the blood flowing...

More headlines

Consuming Ideas: Bill estimates? We don't need them

Thump. The fuel bill lands on the doormat, telling you, in its own almost unfathomable way, how much gas and electricity you've used. Rather, your supplier has guessed your consumption by "estimating" your bill, because you were out when the meter reader called, or they didn't send one.

The 10 greenest ski lifts

One of the world's first dedicated ski lifts was a very green machine. It operated in Germany's Black Forest in the early 20th century and was powered by the local water mill. A century later, ski lifts are going back to renewable energy.

Create positive energy

Rising utility prices are the ideal incentive to boost your home's green credentials, says Graham Norwood