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Welcome A very warm welcome to the latest edition of the Southend Local Business Guide. The London Olympics have been and gone and provided us with a great feel good factor and some great moments to cherish, but it’s now back to reality and austerity! But do not worry, the featured articles in this edition provide some good ideas for excellent free days out for the kids around Essex (page 6) and some excellent money saving tips (page 20). We also have a feature on the 10 best ways to save energy to help keep those domestic bills down (page 34). We also have a community feature on the Acres Way Kennels (pages 8-9) to try and help them re-home some lovely dogs that need a second chance. We also have a feature on Vintage Friends (page 24), an innovative new club for the over 50’s and an article promoting the services offered by the Talking Newspaper for the blind (page 10). We also continue our Origins of Southend article focussing this time on the History of Southend Pier (pages 26-27) and the origins of the Southend Coat of Arms (page 30). There is also a very interesting article on the benefits of the different types of food we eat (pages 36-37). If you have any interesting stories about Southend or if you are a local team, association or charity that would like to be featured in any future editions of the Local Business Guide then please drop us a line at: info@thelocalbusinessguide.co.uk We would like to thank all of our business advertisers for supporting our Southend Local Business Guide and would ask our readers to support their local businesses in order to help secure local jobs. Please visit our website at www.thelocalbusinessguide.co.uk where you will find our latest guide on-line. Please do not forget to mention the Southend Business Guide when contacting businesses featured in this magazine!

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Advertisers Index GARDEN SERVICES, HOME IMPROVEMENT & CONSTRUCTION BUILDING SERVICES 5 CLEANING 33 DOORS 29 FLOORING Inside Back KITCHENS/BATHROOMS 11 NEW HOMES 2, 15 PLUMBING 11 ROOFING 35 SKIP HIRE 18-19 FINANCIAL, LEGAL & PROPERTY SERVICES ESTATE AGENCY 21, 40 INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISOR Centre Pages INSURANCE 39 LEGAL / SOLICITORS 25, 33 HOUSEHOLD & LIFESTYLE BOOKMAKER 4 BOWLING CLUB 19 CAR PAINTWORK / REPAIRS / MOT / ACCESSORIES 42 CATERING / CREAM TEAS 39 DRY CLEANERS 28 EDUCATIONAL / TUITION 35 FUNERAL DIRECTOR 7, 28 FLYING CLUB 28 GOLF CLUB 3 HOTEL/RESTAURANT 13, 28 JEWELLERS 12 REMOVALS 29 RESTAURANT 17 HEALTH & BEAUTY CHIROPRACTOR 31 PRIVATE HOSPITAL SERVICES Inside Front, Back www.thelocalbusinessguide.co.uk

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Free Days Out In Essex Hadleigh Castle is open all year and is free to visit! After many years and the effects of land subsidence, the castle has been left in ruins, but two towers constructed in the era of Edward III still remain. It is a historic place to visit which overlooks the Essex marshes and Thames estuary- a great day out for a picnic or time to spend with the family!

Maldon Promenade Park is completely free with loads of fun stuff to do for both adults and children so is perfect for families! There are many take away kiosks, a scenic lake, sand pits, a splash water park, a children’s’ playground, wildlife area, grass recreation areas and much more to enjoy and experience!

Danbury Lakes is set within the grounds of Danbury Place. It has walking routes that take you around the beautiful waters of the lakes. Again, it is perfect for peaceful picnics where there are benches overlooking the tranquil lakes and in the spring and summer you can view the spectacular flower displays! Throughout the year there are also various children and family activities to enjoy.

Leigh-on-Sea Beach has been voted in the top 100 British Beaches, it is a lovely sandy beach which stretches on for seven miles from Leigh to Shoeburyness! It’s excellent for swimming, sailing and even windsurfing- the best part is it’s a free fun day out!

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Working for the Community

Can you help Re-Home a Dog from Acres Way Kennels? A

cres Way Kennels has been caring for dogs over 20 years. They look after both boarders and strays and provide a high level of attention to every dog under their roof. They take in strays for both Southend and Rochford councils, and from members of the public.

yourself in this difficult situation. Please note, that due to limited kennel space and resources, a fee is charged for this service. If you feel you may need to rehome your dog, please call the kennels on 01268 770402 between 10am and 3pm and ask to speak to Tom.

To accomodate the rising number of strays, Acres Way have recently rebuilt their kennels to hold 50 boarders and strays, where every dog has access to a covered outdoor run.

Adopting a Dog

If you’ve found a stray dog in Southend or the surrounding areas, you should, in the first instance, contact Southend Council on 01702 215836. If you found the dog in Basildon, you should contact Basildon Council on 01268 533333 Sometimes, due to no fault of their own, people find they need to rehome their dogs. This can lead to the difficult and heartbreaking process of trying to find a new home for the dog. Acres Way are sometimes able to take these dogs into their kennels, and find new homes for them. They are visited by a large number of people each week looking to adopt a dog, and are often able to match dogs to new owners within a short period of time. This is far less stressful on the dog in the long run. Their ability to take in dogs for rehoming is dependent on the number of kennels they have available at the time - space is limited, and they are required to keep a number of kennels free for any strays that may be found by the council. That said, they will always endeavour to do their best to help you, should you find 8

If you think you might be able to offer a dog a good home, the first thing you need to do is to go down to the kennels, select a suitable dog you like, take it for a walk and see how you get on. Some people and dogs just don’t get along, so before reserving a dog, the Acres Way staff would need to see if you suit each other. If you have children, or another dog, they recommend that you bring them with you, to make sure that everyone will get on. Once you have visited the dogs, and hopefully found one that matches your lifestyle and expectations, a member of staff will arrange a convenient time for a home check. These are usually carried out within 2 or 3 days of your visit and take about half an hour. Once the home check is complete, you’ll be able to collect your dog. You will need to bring with you some identification showing your current address, and the £130 adoption fee. It may also benefit you to bring a lead and collar, but if you do not have one, they do have a number available for sale at the kennels. Their staff will be on hand if you have any questions, and will be able to guide you through the adoption process. All the staff and dogs at Acres Way look forward to seeing you!

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This month’s featured dogs Toby - Lurcher  Male / Age 3-4

Toby is a very sociable dog and mixes well with other dogs. It is unknown if he okay with other animals or children. He is a very friendly boy and loves to play with all the other dogs.

How to contact them Acres Way Kennels, Great Burches Road Thundersley, Essex SS7 3NE They are open 10am-3pm 7 days a week. Visitors are welcome at any time during these hours - no appointment is necessary.

By email: contact@acresway.co.uk By phone: 01268 770402

 Sebastian - Jack Russell Terrier

Male / Age 4-5

Sebastian was collected by the dog warden as he was found wandering the streets. He was very under weight and in need of a good wash. Although not very good with other dogs or cats he is brilliant with adults, children, is very affectionate and loves a fuss.

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THE LOCAL BUSINESS GUIDE WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY

The Rayleigh, Rochford & Castle Point Talking Newspaper for the Blind T

his Talking Newspaper (Charity no. 278578) started over 30 years ago with help from Rayleigh Lions, who also provided the funds for the initial purchase of equipment. We know that it’s relatively easy for those with sight problems to access national and international news simply by switching on the TV or radio. But it’s not always so easy to find out about local news and events. That’s where we come in – we make audio recordings for those people who live in our areas and who may be blind or partially sighted. Our recordings are now produced on USB memory sticks. We can supply special players for listeners who do not have their own. Each month, our listeners receive two local news editions and one magazine edition. Those who live in the Rochford area also receive a copy of Rochford District Matters every quarter. These recordings arrive in ‘Articles for the Blind’ yellow wallets. The wallets have return address

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labels and, once the listener has finished with the memory stick, it can be returned to us in the wallet. We have our own rented studio at St Luke’s Place, Rochford and it is here that our volunteers make the recordings. It is a FREE service. Increasing public awareness is vital to us and we advertise our existence whenever and wherever we can.

If you know someone who would like to receive our service or if you simply want some more information, please call: Janet Berry: Chairman/Treasurer Ann Willis: Secretary

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Recipe Corner

Gooey Chocolate Mousse Cake METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line a 20cm/8in springform cake tin. Wrap the outside of the cake tin in two layers of aluminium foil so that it will be waterproof when placed in the bain-marie in the oven. 2. In a bowl beat together the egg yolks with two thirds of the sugar until creamy. 3. Add the orange liqueur and beat for a further three minutes.

INGREDIENTS 6 free-range eggs, separated 150g/5oz caster sugar 50ml/2 oz orange liqueur 400g/14oz chocolate, melted 300ml/10 oz whipping cream

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4. Stir in the melted chocolate and half of the cream. 5. In a separate bowl, whip the cream, then fold this into the mix. 6. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed. Beat in the rest of the sugar, then fold this into the chocolate mix. 7. Spoon the mixture into the lined, foil-wrapped cake tin and place into a deep baking tray. Set the baking tray onto the oven shelf. Half fill the tray with boiling water from the kettle to make a bain-marie. 8. Place in the oven for 45 minutes at 180C/350F/Gas 4 and then reduce the temperature to 150C/300F/Gas 2 for 45 minutes more. 9. Turn the oven off but leave the cake in for another 20 minutes. 10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Remove the cake from the tin and peel off the paper. Serve with fruit and cream.

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Whether you require a 2 yard mini skip for a small household/garden clearance or a 12 yard site skip for on going work Leigh Skip Hire will provide you with the right skip at the right time at the right price.

Being fully licensed with Southend-on-Sea borough council means that arranging an on road skip permit can be left to us to organise, All skips excluding 2 yard mini skips can be provided with a drop down door at one end at no extra cost if needed for wheelbarrowing etc.

Working from a fully licensed waste transfer station, Leigh Skip Hire can guarantee quick turnaround, delivery and pick up as standard.

We now accept all major credit/debit cards.

eigh Skip Hire is a local family run skip hire company specialising in 2 to 12 yard skip hire in Leigh-On-Sea and all surrounding areas.

We can deliver over walls and fences with ease, thanks to the latest and smallest addition to our fleet,

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Top Money Saving Tips Stop buying big brands! Most shops own brand items are made by the same people, just packaged differently and priced better. So why pay for the privilege of eating well known branded foods when an own brand tastes the same!

Watch the pennies! If you keep a record of every single penny you spend for at least one month; you’ll learn a lot and then later save the money you realized you wasted!

Haggling! You’d be surprised at the number of places you can haggle prices. From furniture stores to car dealerships to your local electrical store, by being friendly and just by asking you can get the price down on almost anything. If you don’t ask – you don’t get!

Switch off the plugs! A standard CRT television set still uses 2 watts of power on standby, with LCD and plasma screens using even more. According to the Energy Saving Trust, switching stuff off instead of leaving it on standby saves the average household at least £37 a year; it’s also helping out the environment!

Shop at cheaper places! Instead of buying higher priced products in premium supermarkets, make a visit to the less fashionable supermarkets. Your shopping experience might be a little lacklustre but it’ll be worth it when you see how much less you’re paying at the checkout. Stay organized! Computers are used by companies to save money. If you have a computer or laptop at home, use it in the same way. Use a spreadsheet to help with your budgeting. Keep your bank balance on it this will help you to stay organized and you can also use it so that you do not forget important dates. Interest! There is no such thing as 0% interest. When you see that advertised, it simply means that the cost of the interest is in the purchase price. If you are in a position to pay cash, then ask for this money back. The salesman may give you some trouble, but ask to speak to the manager, who may well cut the price to you for cash.

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Walk! One of the biggest money saving tips: walk don’t drive. If you need to get a paper at the shops, go on foot. It might not be practical if you’re off to do the weekly shop but by not driving your helping the environment by cutting carbon emissions, saving money and losing weight by walking everywhere! Layers in the winter! When it gets cold put on an extra layer instead of turning up the thermostat. There’s no point having the house heated and wasting money on electricity bills when putting on a cosy knitted sweater will do the job just as well! Online comparison sites! It might be annoying and feel like a waste of time, but checking the price of your household services, credit cards and loans with comparison sites like moneysupermarket.com could save you a lot of money; just take some time out to get organised!

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THE LOCAL BUSINESS GUIDE WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY

Money Guidance

by Martin Lamb Dip. PFS Certs C11 (MP & ER)

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elcome to the first Money Guidance page of the Local Business Guide. From the content of the media stories it would be easy to think that the financial world is about to come to an end and that economically we are all going back to the caves! The media love to run stories on whose fault the current crisis is, and apportion blame, but that does not help us to move forward. Whilst we are undoubtedly in difficult times I believe that fantastic investment opportunities are being overlooked. The whole World is undergoing a transition of both economic and political power from the West to the East and Emerging Markets.

in the East and Emerging markets will continue to drive commodity prices and wages upwards, and as we are a significant net importer of goods made in these countries, and we have structurally weakened Sterling by printing more money, that Sterling will devalue relative to these currencies. This makes imports even more expensive, and adding fuel to the inflation fire. Interest rates are not going up in any significant way for several years, and the real value of ‘safe’ cash, gilts, National Savings, and Premium Bonds will be eroded at a considerable rate.

Over the last 12 months concerns in Europe over sovereign debt and the impact on their banking system have held markets back. In recent months policymakers have taken positive steps and secured enough support to allow European Banks to cope with what is effectively an “orderly default” in Greece. However issues in Spain are now becoming prevalent and in outright terms their debt dwarfs that of Greece. The situation in Europe is without doubt very serious however if the policy makers do get it right, and on balance we believe they will because the impact of getting it wrong is almost too significant to contemplate, then there will be a massive release of capital into world stock markets. This is currently tied up in cash and Government Bonds and we believe that this will be moved into Stocks and Shares globally but especially in the growth markets of the world and Commodities.

1. That it is absolutely VITAL that you spread your investments across different asset types. There is much more to effective investing than just Stocks and Shares. Blue Chip Commercial property, Corporate Bonds and Fixed Interest securities issued by the largest soundest companies, Commodities and Energy, Bonds issued by more credit worthy countries, and strengthening Currencies should all form part of your portfolio. The key is holding them in the right proportions at the right time to minimise Risk.

The great irony of this is that the value of the traditional ‘safe haven’ assets, ie Gilts could fall significantly in this scenario, and, if you add in the impact of long term high inflation, then even cash is going to prove a poor investment. It is our belief that on-going economic growth

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So you must remember;

2. That you or your adviser MUST be reviewing your investments to allow for the short term risks within the Eurozone, but also to make sure they continue to be reviewed to allow for the outcomes of the Euro crisis, whether that be positive or not. 3. And that what appears to be SAFE in this changing world, might NOT be……… Martin Lamb, Managing Director of Joseph R Lamb Independent Financial Advisers Ltd. This article does not constitute investment advice, readers should seek an assessment of their needs and requirements before making any decisions based on the content of this article

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professionals working for older customers who are safe

intage Friends” was conceived for those of us who wish to enjoy the latter years of our lives;

I firmly believe these can be very happy times if we

Come with us to our luncheon & dinner socials, coach trips to the theatre and interesting places, bring new ideas to help build the club, help make it what you want it to be. See our website: www.vintagefriends.com

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND THEIR FUTURE?

Imagine what it would be like if you or a loved one lost mental capacity? Who would look after you and your finances? Someone has to and for those that don’t take a simple precaution, that “someone” could end up being a complete stranger. You probably know this, but without making sure your affairs are legally in order it will fall on your loved ones to resolve all the problems that inevitably arise; problems that can be resolved now with the right advice. We think it will never happen to us. Sadly, for too many it does. We are living longer. That means dementia is going to increase and impact on the lives of many more families in the future.

If you’re getting FREE Advice…make sure it’s from a recognised expert! While you have full mental capacity you should seek specialist advice on making a Lasting Power of Attorney for your Property & Finances, and for making advanced decisions about your Health & Welfare for when you no longer can. The good news is that you can get the advice for FREE from Craig Ward (the author of the Law Society’s own book on the subject), just by making one call.

How can Nicholls Law help you if a loved one has already lost mental capacity? There are so many ways we can help, there isn’t the space to list them. We have many years’ experience advising on and managing the affairs of vulnerable adults. If you have any questions or you’re worried, you can get the benefit of our experience just by calling us to book your FREE consultation now.

Call us Today on 01702 804 130, or send an email to Contact@nichollslaw.co.uk to book your FREE Consultation NOW. Nicholls Law 2 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1EF E: contact@nichollslaw.co.uk W: www.nichollslaw.co.uk T: 01702 804 130 F: 01702 414 931 Nicholls Law is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number: 554782).

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The History of Southend Pier Southend Pier is the town’s historical icon as well as being the longest pleasure pier in the world at 1.34 miles. It is a true survivor, having survived fires, boat crashes, two world wars and economic decline as well as the ravages of the weather and the waves. The First Pier In the early 1800’s one of the main reasons for the slow development of Southend as a destination for visitors was the lack of a pier. Travel by paddle steamer would have been far more comfortable than the five hour journey by road, but there was no convenient method of journeying to the shore from a large boat. It was decided, in the late 1820s, to built a wooden pier. This would be used for both commercial purposes (loading and unloading goods) and for people travelling by water. The foundation stone of the pier was laid by the Lord Mayor of London in 1829. This first pier was quite short, with a landing stage or “mount”

further out into the river. A rowing boat would take you from the landing stage to the main pier at high tide and, at low tide, it was possible to walk between the two. In 1833 the pier was extended into deeper water. At the end of the pier a small cottage was built, which served both as a home (for the pier head man) and as a light house. A toll gate was erected at the entrance, with a small harbour on the east side. The wooden pier was not a particularly safe place and was becoming rather shaky, especially with the horse drawn tram trundling up and down its length and the pier head man, William Bradley, had been awarded medals from the Royal Humane Society and the RNLI for saving dozens of lives of people who had fallen into the river from the end of the pier. Hence, in the mid 1880s the Local Board decided that a new Pier had to be built. New Pier James Brunlees was appointed the designer of the new iron and steel pier, which was eventually completed in 1889, and fully opened in 1890. The two main features of the new pier were its Pavilion and electric train service. An extension was built to accommodate the increased number of steamboats visiting the Pier. This was opened in 1898 and is known as the New Pier Head. An upper deck was added and opened in 1908 and further extensions to this area were completed in

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1927. The final addition to the length was opened in 1929. The Prince George Extension, as it is called, brought the length to 2360 yards (2158 metres) or 1.34 miles, the Longest Pleasure Pier in the World. The Pier Railway The electric tramway installed by Cromptons opened in 1890 with 1 car operating on 0.75 miles of single track. In 1891 the track was extended to the full 1.25 miles and 2 further cars were added. More cars were added until 4 trains were operated with 7 cars in each. In 1978 the electric railway ceased operating due to the deterioration of the track and the high cost of essential repairs. Between 1984 and 1986 the Pier was repaired and a new track laid and 2 new trains commenced operation in 1986.

when the bowling alley was destroyed by fire. All services to the Pier Head were cut, access to the walkway was severed and 30 metres of railway track were damaged. However, services were reinstated and railway track repaired in time for the Pier to reopen to the public after only three weeks. 2002 - Work started in early autumn 2002 to rebuild the remaining fire damaged area at the Pier Head. The area had remained damaged from the 1976 fire and this work restored the Pier to its original size. The Pier Bridge was removed and a new one was reconstructed at a higher level and the Pier Front Entrance was demolished. This was done to prevent further accidents involving high-sided vehicles, a problem that plagued the Pier for many years. A new award winning Pier entrance opened at the end of May 2003.

A Timeline from 1959 to 2012 1959 - A major fire destroyed the Pier Pavilion at the shore end of the Pier. This was replaced by a ten-pin bowling alley which opened in 1962. 1976 - In July a fire destroyed most of the 1908 Pier Head. Despite this disaster and the later termination of the electric railway service, the Pier was not closed to the public. 1986 - In June the MV Kingsabbey sliced through the Pier between the Old and the New Pier Heads severing the lifeboat slipway and causing irreparable damage to the boathouse. 1995 - In June the Pier suffered another setback

2005 - On 9th October the Pier suffered yet another fire. This time the South Station and the Old Pier Head were destroyed, severing access to the rest of the Pier Head including the Lifeboat Station. The first mile of the Pier was re-opened 1st December 2005. The Pier Head was re-opened at the beginning of August 2006 following construction of a permanent walkway across the fire damaged area. 2009/10 – The Southend Pier Head design contest, aimed to encourage ways to revitalise the Pier Head environment, was won by renowned Swedish based landscape architecture firm White Arkitekter with a design called ‘Sculpted by Wind and Wave.’

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The Southend Coat of Arms S

outhend was awarded County Borough status in 1914. The status of County Borough meant that the town could control aspects of local government that were normally the County’s responsibility, such as the police and education. The County Borough included not only Southend but also Southchurch, Leigh-on-Sea and part of Eastwood. The Borough boundaries were extended in 1933 to include Shoeburyness and North Shoebury, the rest of Eastwood and parts of Great Wakering and Rochford. The Coat Of Arms A coat of arms was created for the new County Borough in which the two main elements central to its history - the church and the sea - were the principal supporters. This was emphasised in the motto “Per Mare Per Ecclesiam” By the Sea and By the Church. The Arms and Crest and the Supporters were granted by Letters Patent dated 1st and 2nd January 1915

respectively by King George V. By Order dated 21st May 1974, the Arms, Crest and Supporters were transferred to the newly created Borough Council of Southend-on-Sea. Meaning The blue background indicates the sea. The lilies rising from the vase, the central feature of the anils, are the emblem of the Virgin Mary and represent both the Mother Parish of St Mary, Prittlewell and the Cluniac Priory dedicated to St Mary, founded at Prittlewell about 1110 AD. To the left of the Arms is the golden anchor which is the emblem of St Clement the patron saint of the Church of Leigh. On the other side the golden gridiron stands for St Lawrence the patron saint of Eastwood Church, being the instrument of his martyrdom, whilst the golden trefoil at the foot of the arms, being the symbol of the Holy Trinity, represents the dedication of the Parish Church of Southchurch. The supporters, the medieval fishermen (trailing a net from his right hand) and the Cluniac bearded monk (holding a red book in his right hand and a staff in his left) were chosen as representing the two influences which most affected the early life of the town. The red mural crown is a coronet made of masonary to represent the walls of a city and is an honourable distinction associated with crests of several towns and cities. The ship’s mast, flying the banner of St. George, with a crow’s nest like that of an old galley refers to Leigh’s history as a port and the town’s general connection with shipping.

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Top Ten Ways to Save Energy Wasted energy costs you money, and can damage the environment. You can do something about it with these simple tips: 1. Keep out the chill. Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping and draughts coming in. 2. Replace your inefficient fridge-freezer with an ‘A’ rated model and save up to £45 a year. 3. As tempting as it is, don’t dry your clothes on the radiator. It makes your boiler work harder than it needs to and costs you more. 4. Low energy light bulbs last up to 15 times longer and cost about 75% less to run than ‘conventional’ bulbs. 5. Insulate your loft with at least 270mm of fibreglass or similar insulation.

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