Archive for April, 2014
Prices have been increasing by the ‘Big Six’ energy providers with the price of gas and electricity going up at three times the rate of inflation. With this in mind, now is the best time to switch by considering a cheap fix to fight future price hikes, according to MoneySavingExpert.com.
According to Lucinda Beeman from ‘Your Money.com’,
Research by the regulator found that an estimated 21 million Britons do not shop around for their energy provider, despite the potential to save hundreds. One in four bill payers felt that shopping around for energy would be too much of a hassle, while almost half (45 per cent) said they do not think they would save much money – a misconception, according to Ofgem’s research – as Londoners save an average of £50 a month, Welsh residents save £44, and those in the North East save £43. Dermot Nolan, chief executive at Ofgem, said: “We shop around and compare prices for many things in life, yet we often don’t think to do the same when it comes to our energy bills. Previously people found it difficult to compare tariffs, but the recent reforms have changed things for the better. Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy, added: “Having made the switch myself, I would encourage anyone who hasn’t already done so to check whether their current supplier is giving them the best deal – and if it isn’t, switch.
In line with the above, MoneySavingExpert.com has created a comparison page, which can help you find the cheapest deal going forward. Visit http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/cheapenergyclub and you’ll be able to find out whether you are overpaying or not, and more importantly, find the best tariff to suit you.
Money Saving Expert; http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/cheapenergyclub,
Unfortunately, break-ins are not uncommon and most burglaries are premeditated, however if the opportunity is there an intruder may well take advantage of this.
With this is mind, insurers will recommend that you take precautions in order to protect your home, and so here is some useful advice from Rightmove and KeyTek Locksmiths, which may be of use:
Home Security Tips…
Keytek™ have put together the following list of ‘Home Security Tips’ so that you may best prepare yourself against a break-in.
- Store bins and ladders away from the property as these can be used to access 1st floor windows.
- Never leave any valuables where they can be seen by a burglar i.e. in view of a window!
- Don’t discuss any holiday plans on any types of open forums i.e. Facebook or Twitter. Posting details of when you will be away from your property will let any of your followers know that your home is potentially vulnerable.
- Keep out any unwanted guests – it is always a good idea to have a spy hole or door chain fitted as additional security.
- It can be a good idea to leave a light on or on a timer, especially during the darker evenings and if you are spending a night or week away from your home!
Leaving a television or radio on is also a good alternative to leaving the lights on. Security products such as a light with a timer can be purchased in most DIY stores and online.
- If you are going to be away for a long period of time ask the Royal Mail to hold your mail with their ‘Keepsafe™’ service – they will do this for up to 2 months.
It is recommended to ask the Royal Mail to hold your letters as this avoids a pile up of post inside the front door which could be an invitation for an intruder as they will be able to see you’re away.
- Store all sets of keys away from the front door!
- Whatever time of year it is, it’s always a good idea to have a key hook fitted internally away from the front door. Having a key safe fitted externally to your property may be a preferred.
- A letterbox cage/guard is also recommended as intruders will often use the letterbox to retrieve keys stored inside the house; this type of theft is referred to as ‘Key Fishing’.
- Lights with sensors in the garden and front of your property will help to deter an intruder as they tend to be more confident when working in the dark.
- Use a UV pen to mark any valuables so if the worse does happen it may help to make recovery easier.
- Check the locks on any gates or sheds and upgrade/replace if necessary.
- Make sure anything that can be used by an intruder to gain entry to your property, i.e. garden tools, are safely locked away.
- When leaving the property always remember to lock any doors and windows. The majority of intruders will use an unlocked door or window to gain entry to a house.
As part of this security advice, homeowners are also encouraged to join or start a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in their local area. The Neighbourhood Watch works closely with the community to bring neighbours together who want to look out for each other, creating strong, friendly, active communities where crime and antisocial behaviour are less likely to happen.
For more security advice and tips visit: www.keytek.co.uk/security-tips/
Source: www.rightmove.co.uk and Original Source: KeyTek Locksmiths