Ask an Estate Agent: One's Bills are Through One's Roof

Written by: Violet Myers

Sponsored by Davies & Davies Estate Agents.

Dear Mark,

I do hope you can assist me.

I own a modest family home in London, a short walk from Green Park. It was passed down to me by my father and has been in the family for several generations. One has a rather eclectic family history and the odd messy divorce here (and public beheading there) has left the old place in dire need of modernisation.

Now I have entered my 90th year I find it of increasing importance to keep my home a comfortable temperature, so one can kick back in one’s snuggie, open a pack of Hobnobs and catch up on Take Me Out without catching a chill. The trouble is my pension will barely cover the heating bill to keep all 775 rooms warm. Friends have suggested downsizing, but I like to keep the West Wing in good working order for my eldest, who doesn’t like to be too far away from his dear mummy.

What can one do to save energy and keep bills down?

Yours sincerely,

A Most Chilly Grandmother

Dear Chilly Grandmother,

Rising heating bills are the worst aren’t they? I struggle to keep my zone 2 bedsit (which I share with my insomniac girlfriend and feral cat) heated and cosy, never mind a big old place like yours!

When it comes to energy saving sometimes it’s a wise idea to spend some money in order to make some serious savings later down the line. To keep those pesky bills down you’ll need to make some sound investments in the upkeep of your home. This could include making sure your double glazing, wall insulation and radiators are up-to-date, or even splashing out on a new boiler.

It may seem daft but popping down the odd rug, some draft excluders and even replacing some lamps for a Hettie Holland scented candle are all great ways to save a few bob on your energy bills, while the warm glow of an open flame is sure to flatter even the most mature of faces…

Thanks to the wonders of the modern world, keeping track of your energy appliances has never been easier. Check out Hive, an app which allows you to control your home and thermostat from your phone.

If all of this high fangled tech is just too much for you, remember you can always save water by showering with a friend… *shudder*

Mark,
Senior Negotiator – Davies & Davies Estate Agents

With thanks to Davies & Davies Estate Agents for taking part in this article.
If you have a question for an estate agent, property manager, mortgage broker, chartered surveyor or property solicitor you can call Mark on 020 7272 0986 or pop him an email on mark@daviesdavies.co.uk
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