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  • Switching energy provider 'can lower bills'

    People can reduce their monthly bills by simply changing their energy supplier, it has been advised.

    Cathy Debenham, founder of YouGen, said that switching company is the "first step" for decreasing costs, but warned that the best policy for the long term is to improve a home's energy efficiency.

    "If you've got a loft or cavity walls, there are amazing deals around at the moment, which will increase warmth and comfort immediately, and will have paid back their upfront cost in a year or two," Ms Debenham continued.

    She went on to summarise that making properties energy efficient is the number one home improvement for the future.

    Ms Debenham also underlined that generating your own electricity or renewable heat are also good options.

    Recent research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) found that private tenants across Britain are more likely than homeowners to accrue high monthly energy bills.

  • Great Sutton church to introduce new boiler

    A church in Great Sutton is hoping to cut its carbon dioxide emissions thanks to the introduction of a £45,000 boiler that operates on wood shavings.

    St Saviour's Church is hoping that the new boiler will create more than £130,000 in surplus income over the course of the next 20 years, with the deal acting as Biomass Energy Co-Operative's first contract, reports the Ellesmere Port Pioneer.

    As well as running on wood shavings, the boiler will also utilise pellets, with both of the sources being derived from the local area.

    It is expected that the introduction of the new system will decrease the church's estimated carbon dioxide emissions by over 580 tonnes over the course of two decades.

    While St Saviour's looks forward to such energy savings, Andrew Aitken, area sales manager for East Midlands for Remeha, has advised property owners that combi-boilers can help them to save money and space.

    He argued that traditional systems take up more space, while newer models could allow homeowners to extend their rooms.

  • Ed Davey: more cash needed to avoid blackouts

    A number of new nuclear plants and wind farms will be developed in Britain to lower the likelihood of blackouts across Britain, energy minister Ed Davey has announced.

    Mr Davey warned that utility bills will have to increase in order for the work to be completed, with families having to spend more on fuel bills in order to increase the revenue of the country's energy companies, making them more likely to construct power stations.

    "We are extremely concerned about consumer bills. We can't turn back the tide because global gas prices are having upward pressures – we can't stop that. What we can do is try to insulate the UK economy," he explained.

    Although many households will be disheartened by the prospect of higher energy fees, Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, stressed that people have the power to find cheaper bills by shopping around.

    She noted that many people are sitting on "old fashioned and expensive tariffs".

  • Residents urged to carry out home improvements independently

    Many British residents turn to the help of tradespeople for home improvement work that they could complete themselves, one interiors specialist believes.

    Julia Kendell, TV presenter and interior designer, said that there is currently a "massive tendency" for people to hire experts in order to complete tasks that they could carry out themselves.

    Ms Kendell went on to say that less glamorous jobs such as fixing potholes or patio slabs often fill homeowners with "DIY dread".

    "More and more people, particularly women, are having a go these days at interior decoration. That's fantastic, but still the less glamorous jobs are not being done, and they could be," she explained.

    Her remarks come after Paul Minderides, professional tradesman from Wickes, highlighted that any person who wants to undertake DIY work should be able to successfully fit radiators into properties.

    Mr Minderides underlined that the process does not entail draining the appliance's system and can be tackled by homeowners.

  • Residents urged to carry out home improvements independently

    Many British residents turn to the help of tradespeople for home improvement work that they could complete themselves, one interiors specialist believes.

    Julia Kendell, TV presenter and interior designer, said that there is currently a "massive tendency" for people to hire experts in order to complete tasks that they could carry out themselves.

    Ms Kendell went on to say that less glamorous jobs such as fixing potholes or patio slabs often fill homeowners with "DIY dread".

    "More and more people, particularly women, are having a go these days at interior decoration. That's fantastic, but still the less glamorous jobs are not being done, and they could be," she explained.

    Her remarks come after Paul Minderides, professional tradesman from Wickes, highlighted that any person who wants to undertake DIY work should be able to successfully fit radiators into properties.

    Mr Minderides underlined that the process does not entail draining the appliance's system and can be tackled by homeowners.

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