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70% of people in South East delay switching their heating on to save money

HARD-UP South Easterners are delaying turning their heating on this winter and instead wrapping up in blankets to save money, according to a study.



Research for leading comparison site, found that a shocking 70% of people from the South East are putting off switching their heating on ‘til as late as possible because of concerns over energy costs. 

Instead they wear extra jumpers (30%), wrap themselves in a blanket (33%), or even don thermal undies to keep warm (15%). And many of those who do switch the central heating on are keeping the thermostat lower than they’d like in order to cut bills. 

And these delay tactics appear to be causing a fair bit of disruption in households across the South East. A quarter (25%) of people from the South East argue about whether or not the heating should be on, with the same amount quarrelling with their housemates over the lights being left on (26)! 25% of people from the South East go one step further, and heavily debate what exact temperature the heating should be at too! 

The cost of winter is a pressing concern for people from the South East, with three-quarters (75%) envisaging their energy bills rising, averagely expecting to spend over £300 across the cold season.  

The research sparked concern from Jason Smith, CEO of He said: “It’s all very well trying to save money on energy bills, but there are better ways of doing it than shivering in the cold. Older people especially must keep themselves warm or it can be very dangerous. 

“The smart thing for people to do is to check their energy costs and make sure they’re on the cheapest deal possible. The average household can save £190 this winter by going to a comparison site like Moneyexpert,com and switching. That would buy a great deal of jumpers and blankets!” 

Switches South Easterners make for Winter  Percentage (%) 
Stay indoors more  48% 
Switch over summer clothes to winter clothes including shoes  46% 
Switch to a winter duvet/winter bedding  39% 
Eat more comfort food  30% 
Wear socks in bed  20% 
South Easterners’ delay tactics to keep the heating OFF!  Percentage (%) 
Shut all the doors in the home to prevent a draught  39% 
Wrap up in blankets  33% 
Wear multiple jumpers  30% 
Put underwear/socks on the radiator before putting them on  16% 
Wear thermal underwear  15% 
The start of winter according to the South East  Percentage (%) 
When the clocks go back  56% 
Wearing a winter coat    40% 
Dark outside when leaving the office  38% 
Dark outside when I leave for work in the morning  30% 
When Christmas merchandise begins to appear  20% 

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Bah Humbug – Christmas market property cost is at its highest in London



The latest research by national fast sale estate agent, Springbok Properties, has looked at the cost of buying near the best Christmas markets around Europe and how they differ between city.

Pulling house price data for cities home to 20 of the best Christmas markets around, Springbok Properties found that the property cost of some annual festive cheer is £5,128 per square metre on average. 

This cost is at its highest in London, with property costing an average of £12,976 per sqm to live in the city where famous Christmas markets range from Winter Wonderland to the Southbank Centre Winter Market to name but a few.  

The second highest property cost when looking for a top Christmas market was in Zurich, Switzerland, where buying close to the historic Old Town market, situated in front of the opera house and home to more than 100 stalls will set you back £9,827 per sqm.  

The Village de Noel Christmas market at the Champs-Elysees maybe be world-famous but living nearby will also cost you over £9,000 per sqm, while a place in Munich so you can make the most of the cities famous market at the Marienplatz town hall comes in just under at £8,980 per sqm.  

In fact, most of the cities home to a top-rated Christmas market come with a festive property premium with Stockholm (£7,450), Vienna (£5,560), Copenhagen (£5,355) and Berlin (£5,126) all coming in over £5,000 per square metre when buying a property.  

But there are some more affordable options for mold wine, festive food, and merriment. Riga in Latvia is the most affordable location with an awesome Christmas market with property in the city coming in at just £1,570 per sqm. 

Closer to home, Belfast hosts a famous market at its City Hall with Candy Alley also one of the main festive attractions, all with the cost of buying hitting just £1,900 per sqm.  

Krakow in Poland (£2,179), Tallin in Estonia (£2,260) and Budapest in Hungary (£2,470) are also amongst some of the most affordable Christmas market property purchasing locations.  

Founder and CEO of Springbok Properties, Shepherd Ncube, commented:

“As is often the case with most things, the cost of living close to anything vaguely helpful, exciting or fun is at it’s highest in London and this applies when comparing the best Christmas markets about.

It’s a high price to pay for those in England for some once a year festive cheer and it may well be more cost-effective to look further afield to the likes of Riga and book your flights early for a festive getaway instead.” 

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