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Jersey Consumer Council

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Energy Matters

November 10, 2015 Information Leaflets, Reports & Publications No Comments
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Energy Matters

Energy matters to all of us and this Newsletter aims to help Island consumers gain a greater understanding of their energy consumption levels and suggests how we can all use our energy more efficiently – whether it be gas, electricity, oil or coal.

Read on to find out about how best to save on your energy and water bills; the journey our energy products make in order to reach our homes and how Jersey energy prices compare with other Islands.

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Manufacturers Instructions have Advantage

November 4, 2015 Consumer Skills No Comments

Manufacturers Instructions have Advantage

If the manufacturers’ instructions are not followed the consequences can be costly.

The expression “If all else fails, read the instructions,” can be used for projects such as assembling a bookcase or learning a new smart phone. But this expression is too little, too late for items which are of a high value, and are complex by nature and are installed in a kitchen for example.

The Council recommends that the manufacturers’ instructions for installation are followed at all times– even if a friend or an expert installs the item for you, for example, as part of an expensive kitchen redesign with lovely new equipment the instructions must be followed.

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Employing Tradesman

October 23, 2015 Consumer Skills, Top tips No Comments

Employing Tradesman

Top Tips for Employing a … Builder or Tradesman

Having building, general maintenance or home improvement work done can be difficult and stressful. But there are certain things you can do before you employ a builder or any tradesmen to try and make sure the job goes as smoothly as possible. It is important that you develop a positive and honest relationship with those undertaking work for you; the tips listed below will help you achieve that. Do not be afraid to ask lots of questions, do your research and know exactly what work has been agreed to be done and for what price.

If you are undertaking minor maintenance or repair work requiring the services of a plumber or electrician, for example, some of the points below are still of benefit to follow before making your decision.

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Energy Saving’s

October 23, 2015 Utilites No Comments

Top Energy Saving Tips

  • Turn your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £65 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.
  • Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F.
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Use energy saving light bulb last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and can save you around £50 over the bulb’s lifetime.
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Renting your Home and Condition Reports

October 23, 2015 Home life, Money Matters No Comments

Renting your Home Condition Report

Will Condition Reports help solve rental deposit disputes?

Disputes over the partial or non-return of rental deposits have consistently been amongst the most common issues of concern brought to the Citizens Advice Bureau.

It is therefore in order to ensure fairness between landlord and tenant that the introduction of the compulsory use of Condition Reports for landlords and agents who let accommodation under a residential tenancy agreement (‘tenancy agreement’) is so welcomed. But what do both parties need to do?

Details are available on the www.gov.je site at http://www.gov.je/Home/RentingBuying/HousingLaws/Pages/ConditionReports.aspx

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