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Devon homeowners urged to check their oil tanks

The Environment Agency is urging people in Devon and Cornwall to check their oil tanks for leaks to protect the environment and reduce the risk of potentially large financial losses. Over the past three months 32 oil-related incidents were reported to the Environment Agency in the two counties – a 50% rise from the same period last year. With the recent cold weather, many households –...

Off grid homeowners across Devon see price of energy drop

The trade association for the liquid fuels distribution industry, UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) says off grid homeowners across Devon are seeing prices of heating oil drop by up to 27% since the same time last year, according to the latest figures from Sutherland Tables, a provider of comparative home heating costs for the most common fuels in the UK and Republic of...

Study demonstrates evolutionary algorithm could be used to predict oil price rises

Future fluctuations in oil prices could be forecast using a combination of previous statistics and complex computer algorithms, according to new research.

Academics from the Gulf University for Science and Technology and Plymouth University used a range of programmed models to accurately predict previous rises and falls in the commodity’s value over a period from January 1986 to June...

Bidding bon voyage to Beryl

A unique and exceptionally rare Beryl Cook oil painting has sold at Plymouth Auction Rooms and now sets sail for Canada. The original piece of art sold for a staggering £19,200 to an overseas collector, who narrowly outbid a local Plymouth auction-goer.

The painting – titled 'Kissing Time' – is in the much-loved local artist’s distinctively vibrant and fun style. As a Plymouth resident...

Devon residents saving thousands on their heating oil

Members of a scheme to tackle rising energy prices have saved a staggering £23,000 off the cost of their domestic heating oil, this year.

Devon County Council says it’s a great example of communities working together to get a better deal on their heating bills.

The Devon Oil Collective works on the principle of buying heating oil in bulk through consolidating its members’...

Proper investigation needed after pollution says RSPCA

The RSPCA are calling for an investigation after a pollution spill harmed hundreds of seabirds for the second time in just two months.

More than 170 birds, mainly guillemots, were taken to the charity’s West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton, Somerset, last week after being found washed up along the south coastline covered in a sticky substance. RSPCA inspectors rescued as many of the...