Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • Timber theft could be due to 'high fuel prices'

    A large amount of timber has been stolen from National Trust woodland in Gloucestershire, with countryside rangers saying that high fuel prices and an increase in wood burning stove use have led to the crime.

    Representatives from the Haresfield Beacon estate have seen people leaving the area with vehicles full of logs taken from all parts of the 200-acre long premises.

    National Trust countryside ranger Tim Jenkins said: "I've seen people going in with chain saws [to cut up tree trunks] and ferrying it off in wheelbarrows to parked car.

    "I can only put it down to an increase in gas prices."

    Mr Jenkins' comments come after Bernie Herilihy from Ideal Home Magazine stated that log burners have become popular among British homeowners in the last few years.

    He noted that the wood burning stoves have also attracted more buyers, and particularly suit Victorian or Edwardian homes, where they can be used as a focal point of a room.

  • Timber theft could be due to 'high fuel prices'

    A large amount of timber has been stolen from National Trust woodland in Gloucestershire, with countryside rangers saying that high fuel prices and an increase in wood burning stove use have led to the crime.

    Representatives from the Haresfield Beacon estate have seen people leaving the area with vehicles full of logs taken from all parts of the 200-acre long premises.

    National Trust countryside ranger Tim Jenkins said: "I've seen people going in with chain saws [to cut up tree trunks] and ferrying it off in wheelbarrows to parked car.

    "I can only put it down to an increase in gas prices."

    Mr Jenkins' comments come after Bernie Herilihy from Ideal Home Magazine stated that log burners have become popular among British homeowners in the last few years.

    He noted that the wood burning stoves have also attracted more buyers, and particularly suit Victorian or Edwardian homes, where they can be used as a focal point of a room.

  • Coaliton will 'do things' to help people pay less for gas

    The coalition will "do things" to help people spend less money on their gas bills, energy secretary Ed Davey has said.

    Speaking to the BBC 5Live's Breakfast, Mr Davey explained that gas and electricity costs are too high and that the government will make a difference by forcing monthly expenses to become more transparent.

    "One of our jobs is to get a wedge between the bills people face - because they are too high - and the cost of electricity and gas on the wholesale market," he noted.

    Mr Davey also conceded that the UK's gas prices are impacted when rates increase across the world.

    His comments follow research from Moneysupermarket.com, which found that nearly two-thirds of UK consumers turn off their heating even during cold conditions in order to save money.

    The study also discovered that three-quarters of households have limited their spending over the past year because of the financial climate.

  • Govt should 'help to renovate' empty properties

    The government should do more to help to renovate empty properties across Britain, one specialist has insisted.

    While the coalition has made a number of helpful changes in an effort to address the issue, it has neglected people who wish to take on empty properties and renovate them independently, a representative from Empty Homes has argued.

    David Ireland, chief executive at the company, said: "There are a whole load of people out there who are very resourceful and who could fix up empty properties. If there was some help for them, then that would help enormously."

    Mr Ireland underlined that, currently, many of the empty property measures are targeted at housing associations and councils.

    Earlier this week, the Scottish government confirmed that a £2 million fund will be introduced to prevent vacant homes from blighting the country's communities.

    The financial package was launched as part of the Unoccupied Properties Bill, which will enable local authorities to charge extra council tax on houses which have been empty for over a year.

  • Home improvements are more 'cost-effective' than moving

    Home improvements are often more cost-effective than moving properties, one specialist has underlined.

    However, it is important that people plan their renovation work thoroughly, with money saving expert Martin Lewis emphasising that individuals should calculate exactly what they need to complete such tasks.

    "Staying and improving as opposed to buying somewhere else is often a pretty efficient way – it can add money onto your house price if you do it right," Mr Lewis noted.

    He also urged that, once people have established the requirements of their work, they should not be convinced to buy extra products that are not needed for the renovations.

    It seems that more individuals are now considering DIY work in the current economic climate, with Ideal Home Improvement ambassador George Clarke stating that home improvement is currently making a big resurgence in Britain.

    Mr Clarke remarked that homeowners are now looking for new ways of saving money .

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