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  • More money should be spent on home improvements, says NHIC

    Home improvement is taking a back seat, with property owners choosing to splash their cash on a holiday abroad or a new car, according to an expert.

    Andrew Leech, director at the National Home Improvement Council, said that DIY is now taking second place as many people struggle to make ends meet.

    Recent research from Lloyds TSB revealed that spending on home improvement projects has declined to its lowest level in over 15 years because of the squeeze on finances.

    It means that many properties could fall into a state of disrepair, and it is important for property owners to remember that they should keep up with important maintenance tasks, such as ensuring that their flue accessories are in good working order.

    "If we are going to maintain the current housing stock to the level that it deserves then a lot more personal money has got to be put in to the improvements," added Mr Leech.

  • More money should be spent on home improvements, says NHIC

    Home improvement is taking a back seat, with property owners choosing to splash their cash on a holiday abroad or a new car, according to an expert.

    Andrew Leech, director at the National Home Improvement Council, said that DIY is now taking second place as many people struggle to make ends meet.

    Recent research from Lloyds TSB revealed that spending on home improvement projects has declined to its lowest level in over 15 years because of the squeeze on finances.

    It means that many properties could fall into a state of disrepair, and it is important for property owners to remember that they should keep up with important maintenance tasks, such as ensuring that their flue accessories are in good working order.

    "If we are going to maintain the current housing stock to the level that it deserves then a lot more personal money has got to be put in to the improvements," added Mr Leech.

  • Powerstar helps councils reduce heating expenses

    Powerstar, a new system from EMSc, is helping a number of councils across the UK to decrease their energy costs.

    The firm has fitted its voltage optimisation appliance at North East Lincolnshire Council, which has duly enjoyed energy consumption savings of 24.72 per cent, as well as saving £6,094 on its annual electricity bill.

    Dr Alex Mardapittas, EMSc managing director and designer of Powerstar, said: "We employ two dedicated Powerstar public sector consultants with comprehensive and specialist knowledge of voltage optimisation in local authorities, central government and the NHS."

    Mr Mardapittas explained that the consultants are uniquely trained to handle the challenges brought about by the public sector when it comes to making savings.

    While such technology will help to lower costs, Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, has argued that residents have the power to force change with regard to their heating bills.

    Ms Robinson advised people to shop around in order to find the best deal for their needs.

  • Powerstar helps councils reduce heating expenses

    Powerstar, a new system from EMSc, is helping a number of councils across the UK to decrease their energy costs.

    The firm has fitted its voltage optimisation appliance at North East Lincolnshire Council, which has duly enjoyed energy consumption savings of 24.72 per cent, as well as saving £6,094 on its annual electricity bill.

    Dr Alex Mardapittas, EMSc managing director and designer of Powerstar, said: "We employ two dedicated Powerstar public sector consultants with comprehensive and specialist knowledge of voltage optimisation in local authorities, central government and the NHS."

    Mr Mardapittas explained that the consultants are uniquely trained to handle the challenges brought about by the public sector when it comes to making savings.

    While such technology will help to lower costs, Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, has argued that residents have the power to force change with regard to their heating bills.

    Ms Robinson advised people to shop around in order to find the best deal for their needs.

  • People should 'seize the May bank holiday' for DIY

    Homeowners should take advantage of the extra day off provided by this weekend's May bank holiday to complete DIY work, an expert has advised.

    With the Olympics and diamond jubilee coming up, interiors journalist Ellie Tenant has stated that now could be the ideal time to complete any necessary repairs or renovations.

    Ms Tenant has recommended that people should approach such tasks by making a list of the rooms in their home and noting all of the jobs that must be completed in each.

    "You've got an extra day off work, you can get all of the boring chores like laundry done over the weekend and you've got the extra day to get your house all sorted before the summer," she said.

    Although this weekend could be a great time to embark on DIY work, Anna-Marie DeSouza, editor of Build It+Home Improvement Magazine, has advised people to only carry out work that they feel is in their comfort zone.

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