Energy costs top of agenda for home owners

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Home owners in the North West are becoming more concerned about rising energy prices, says a new survey.

The survey highlighted that energy costs are the biggest concern for two thirds of households across the UK.

Consumers are increasingly looking towards alternative options to save money.

The ONS (Office for National Statistics) also reported average energy prices have rocketed by 52 per cent compared to a decade ago.

Consumers now pay £420 more than they did in 2004.

Miller Homes research also reports that although location remains imperative when buying a new home, more house hunters are now also considering the energy costs of running a home.

The research also found that buying a new home could reduce energy bills by as much as £350 per year when compared to a home built in the 1960s.

Samantha Johnson, regional sales manager for Miller Homes North West, said: “Buying a new and more energy efficient home can save home owners money.

“We understand how hard it can be for households to stay on top of living costs, so the majority of Miller Homes’ are fitted with “Smart Meter” technology which gives home owners more control over their energy usage.”

She added: “We advise anyone in the market looking to move, to consider how efficient a home is, as new and efficient homes can offer incredible savings.”