Gas bills to rise by 19pc - Telegraph A wise government keeps energy costs down. The cost of energy has knock on effects on the competitiveness of British industry and consumer inflation. Interesting how the government tries to make people behave a certain way by legislation and the law of unintended consequences comes into play. The most predictable and efficient systems are often the simplest ones. Personally, if I wasn't renting a house I'd invest in a coal combined heat + power boiler. Power companies may kowtow to the government's environmental programmes, but thank you very much I'd rather have cheap power and feed the plants extra carbon dioxide, than listen to (usually) ill-informed environmental policies. For example, take tungsten filament light bulbs vs. low carbon footprint ones. While the luminosity/watt for the latter is much better, in reality tungsten filament light bulbs are mostly glass and metal which recycle well. Energy saving bulbs have thermosetting plastics and mercury in them. But of course our government is compelling us to ditch the former and use the latter... P.S. Don't believe what people say about the wonders of being able to recycle (thermo)plastics. Once a few different thermoplastics have been mixed together (polypropylene, polyethylene, polycarbonate, etc.) you are not going to be able to economically separate them and their overall properties degrade. On the other hand it is possible to recover pristine metal and glass by recycling.