If you have lived in your home for some time, then you will know how costly energy bills can become by the time you have received your statement by the end of the month. Of course, most people will be looking at the best ways to reduce expenditure for the long term. Whether you live in Liverpool or Manchester, bi-fold doors are one home improvement project that could help you tackle this issue.
According to Citizens Advice, homes across the UK have fallen behind on essential bills – from council tax to electricity – by an estimated amount of £18.9 billion. In fact, the charity is now contacted more by people on issues relating to the household debt over consumer credit. If you find yourself in this position, it could require a loan or delving into your overdraft when bailiffs come to collect the payment.
Gillian Guy, the chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “One person every three minutes come to us for help with bailiff issues. Families are living in fear of a visit from the bailiffs and small missed bills can skyrocket through excessive enforcement fees.
“Our evidence shows aggressive tactics by bailiffs cause huge distress and can even push people further into debt. Families are going without essentials like food or electricity to meet their payments. The Ministry of Justice has already announced a call for evidence into aggressive collection practices by bailiffs.”
The research found that people who had debt were 37 per cent more likely to be out of work and almost one in three to suffer from some form of mental health problem. You might not consider how important it is to cut down on energy bills, especially for how long the family will pay out on them over the course of owning a home.
You would find that bi-fold doors allow extra light into your backroom, meaning that you would be able to switch on the lights much later at night. You might find that not everyone will move into a house that was built in the last decade, but that does not mean it cannot be modernised to the point where it runs as efficiently as those available on the market.
Grimsby Live reports on a 1960s house that has been significantly overhauled. The property, which is located on Station Road in North Thoresby, has had its backyard updated and new bi-fold doors fitted. The room also has a lantern-style rooftop and can be combined with the doors to allow even more light to come through during the mornings and afternoons.
If you move into your home, you will want to plan out essential home repairs and renovations that could ultimately save you money on bills going forward. Considering that the rising costs of energy bills are a familiar talking for many people, your best bet is to cut down the heavy reliance on them and have a home that is fully equipped with improvements that will avoid any problems arising in the foreseeable future.