Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Move in the Right Direction; GO GREEN REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE TEES VALLEY

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Move in the Right Direction; GO GREEN REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE TEES VALLEY

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WITH hikes in energy prices becoming an increasing concern, homeowners need to be more savvy than ever when it comes to energy saving in the home and cutting down on running costs.

All of us are being urged to be more eco-aware during Energy Saving Week - which runs until Sunday.

George Wimpey has teamed up with the Energy Saving Trust to offer homeowners tips when it comes to keeping their energy bills down.

Mat Colmer from the trust says: "Worry over the state of the economy, the increase of energy bills and the impact of the 'credit crunch' are never far from householders minds. However, saving energy in the home can help by saving up to pounds 340 per year on utility bills as well as reducing our impact on the environment.

"Whether it's getting advice on the simple measures you can do, doing a home energy check or getting information on the grants available to you, people should give our network of advice centres a call to find out what they can do today."

Cavity wall and loft insulation come as standard in all George Wimpey homes as well as double glazing, meaning that fuel bills are instantly reduced when compared to older homes.

There's also a full layer of insulation beneath concrete floors to prevent cold and damp rising and eating into fuel costs.

George Wimpey sales and marketing director Debbie Whittingham comments: "We are encouraging anyone who is looking to reduce their monthly energy bills to consider buying a new home.

"This could significantly reduce the amount spent on both fuel bills and maintenance costs."

Top tips for running down your costs include: 1. The average household wastes pounds 37 each year by leaving appliances on standby. Switch it off at the plug.

2. If you can control the radiators in each room independently (i.e. they have their own Thermostatic Radiator Valve - TRV on wet central heating, or on/off switches or timers on electric radiators) make sure you turn them off in any un-occupied rooms. …

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