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Comparison service challenges householders to be ‘greener than Google’


Computer-based monitoring tool should be just the start of our efforts to cut energy use

Friday October 30, 2009 – A big fanfare greeted news this week that internet giant Google was looking to increase its ‘green’ credentials by offering customers a way of monitoring their energy use in ‘real time’.

And while this is a great way for householders to monitor their energy consumption with a view to cutting it, home improvement comparison service LocalQuoter says it should be just part of consumers’ armoury alongside a range of other money-saving tactics which it can help people adopt.

“Realising how much energy your house is consuming in ‘real time’, as Google’s new service allows people to do, is sure to be a wake-up call for many cost-conscious householders,” said Les Yates of LocalQuoter.

“Many people may not realise that they are losing an average of £135 a year* if their windows are not up to the latest energy-efficient standards,” Yates added.

“The key to achieving savings which make a real difference lies in then acting on this information, and taking steps which can make a long-term, lasting difference to a home’s energy consumption levels.”

And this means having a home which has energy efficiency built into it, in the form of the latest double glazing, fitted to the highest standard, and using the latest types of energy-efficient glass.

That’s where LocalQuoter comes into its own. By using, householders can get a double glazing quote from the pick of a carefully-chosen list of companies operating in their area.

The companies used by LocalQuoter are all specificially chosen for their reliability and quality of work, based on feedback provided by their customers, so using LocalQuoter guarantees that householders will be put in touch with an established, reputable company with a good reputation to uphold.

That means customers get full guarantees on the products, and on the quality of the work carried out – an especially important factor given the recent news that energy bills will continue to rise, to help us pay for the building and commissioning of new, more efficient and less polluting energy sources.

“When we are all being told that we should expect energy prices to rise by well above inflation in the coming years to help pay for making the country’s energy production more efficient, the time to start seriously looking at cutting our energy costs is now,” Yates said.

“The Green Party has also recently installed double glazing at its headquarters, and this has produced massive savings in both costs and CO2 emissions. This shows the direction we should all be taking to help ensure that our energy supplies remain secure for the foreseeable future – and we at LocalQuoter are ready to help anyone looking to make their home more energy-efficient, and reduce the impact of those looming higher bills.”


*According to the Energy Saving Trust, Energy Saving Recommended double glazing can cut heat lost through windows by half, as well as saving around £135 a year on the average heating bill.


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