Brits still not switched on to energy saving, shows new study.

saving energy Brits still not switched on to energy saving, shows new study.Despite ever-increasing fuel costs, the British public just can’t seem to get motivated on energy saving, regardless of our good intentions. According to a new study, while 94% of us say we want to become more energy efficient, only 37% of us currently rate ourselves as such – and it’s the basics that are still eluding us.

 

 

With energy costs at an all-time high and four of the ‘big six’ energy firms putting up their prices again this week, it is surprising to learn that 40% of us still leave the heating on all day and a third of us leave windows and doors open when the central heating is on.

 

Two thirds of people say they leave the TV on when they’re not in the room and almost half leave it on standby overnight, while 63% leave their mobile charging all night. Almost half of those asked say they still leave the tap running unnecessarily when brushing their teeth or washing up.

 

Although rising energy prices are quoted as being one of the biggest concerns for UK homeowners, almost a fifth of us still don’t have energy saving light bulbs, 29% overfill the kettle when boiling it, and only 46% of us would use extra layers of clothing or blankets when it gets cold instead of turning up the heating.

 

The study, which was conducted by Anglian Home Improvements to mark Big Energy Saving Week (22-27 October 2012), found that 40% of us still don’t have energy efficient windows or doors, even though around 30% of a home’s heat is lost through windows and doors, and only 44% of us have an energy efficient boiler.

 

Yet 82% of people say if they could make one simple change to become energy efficient they would, and 88% say that if making that change would be guaranteed to save them money over the next five years, they would do it.

 

TV presenter and environmental science expert Philippa Forrester has championed environmental issues for many years. She says, “In light of the latest news about rising energy costs, heating our homes and using electricity is going to cost us more and more. How high do prices need to get before we think about making fundamental changes to the energy efficiency of our homes? We can all stop money leaking out of our roofs, windows and doors and by reducing our energy consumption, we’re also reducing our bills and our carbon emissions, so we should all try to make it a top priority. Saving energy and saving money – it’s a win-win situation.”

 

Melanie McDonald, Head of Marketing and Communications at Anglian Home Improvements, says, “The cost of running a household is radically increasing due to rising energy prices and food inflation. So as we head into the winter months and energy consumption increases, it’s more important than ever for people to look at ways they can improve their energy efficiency. There are lots of quick, easy things we can all do straight away and there are also many ways in which homeowners can improve the efficiency of their property for the longer term. Installing the best thermal windows on the market, for instance, will ensure they get the maximum return on investment and benefit for many years to come.”

 

Anglian Home Improvements is an Energy Saving Trust Recommended supplier and offers a broad selection of stylish and energy efficient products, including windows, doors conservatories, roof trim, solar panels and much more. For more information and to view the full product range, visit www.anglianhome.co.uk.

Online property portals – Your platform for selling your own house

Thanks to advanced technology, ,the Internet now offers opportunities to people to do a lot of things on their own – things that would typically be handled by professionals or experts can now be managed economically and reasonably on your own terms. The days when you had to advertise purely in local newspapers and through shop windows are gone. Newspaper advertising has faced serious decline against the huge growth in Internet advertising.

For sale by owner Online property portals – Your platform for selling your own houseWhen it comes to selling or buying of houses, many people pay a huge amount of their hard earned money to estate agents. These agents in turn simply add their clients’ details onto major property websites and wait for a phone call themselves.

The online property portal is creating a buzz these days. While searching online you come across numerous property portals. It saves your precious time and energy. Thus, you can gain information about properties from the comfort of your home. In the same way, these sites will serve as a platform for you to help you sell your own house.

 

These sites are not meant to knock out estate agents as some of them do provide a very professional and useful service, including taking care of viewings and handling things whilst you are out working. However, if you have plans for selling your own house without an agent’s help, these sites provide you with the ability take your house photos and add a short description of your home and its key features. By doing this you can save a big amount of your earnings by taking care of some of the processes involved in selling your own house.

Should you choose to not go down this avenue, you can find a list of the various real estate agents, brokers and consultants on these property portals to take care of this for you.

These portals prove very beneficial for selling or buying a property. You can browse though the sites for details online, with very little hassle. Being able to at the images of the properties online is the main benefit of online property listings, saving you going from agent to agent looking in windows, picking up descriptions, or buying local press.

House Swift is especially meant for the sellers, and provides a cheaper, more flexible as well as a convenient way to direct sell property in the United Kingdom. With our easy to use site these services are available to you 24 hours a day, throughout the year, for you to advertise you property easily.

Now you can enjoy with ease the process of selling your own house, and feel that the experience is quicker, professional and more detailed to help you selling your own house or find the exact properties you are looking for.

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Forget location location location….Brits now want broadband broadband broadband Following the Government’s announcement of a £114m investment in faster broadband, study shows high speed internet now ranks near the top when it comes to buying a new house. But how much do broadband speeds vary throughout the UK and even within regions and cities?

A good broadband connection has superseded the likes of off street parking and access to local amenities to be listed as one of the most deciding factors when buying a new house.

The Government recently announced a £114m investment in broadband across 10 UK cities to make Britain’s broadband the fastest in Europe by 2015. But in 2012 broadband speed varies greatly across the UK, and it seems these variations are having a huge impact on the property market.

That’s according to a study of more than 1,500 homebuyers across the UK, and in the first trial of its kind, the results have been tested in independent estate agents to measure the impact of broadband speeds on the buying decisions of home movers.

Knowing a property had good broadband speeds was routinely ranked above the likes of off street parking, access to amenities such as shops, the local pub and even proximity to a doctors surgery by respondents in the study commissioned by broadbandchoices.co.uk.

When questioned, one in five revealed they had actively checked broadband speeds when evaluating a house – before doing a recce of the local area.. One in ten house seekers revealed they had gone so far as actively disregarding a property because it had a poor internet connection.

In further evidence of the importance placed on broadband, one in five revealed they arranged an internet provider before connecting gas or TV. In fact, setting up a broadband connection was second only to finding a new electricity supplier.

The trend was further evidenced in a trial carried out between broadbandchoices.co.uk and independent estate agents Delaneys, in Essex, where broadband speeds were included online, alongside a property’s price, number of bedrooms and dimensions. Over a four week period, viewing requests for those properties showing broadband speeds were twice as high as those without. Analysis of online traffic figures also revealed these properties attracted more views than those without.

In addition to making a property more appealing, the study also revealed that broadband could help to add to the value of a house. One in five respondents said they would be happy to pay more for a property, and over a third claimed they would pay between two and five per cent extra to have a high speed broadband connection. It would add as much as £15,000 on a property worth £300,000.

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