January 22, 2010 13:00 ET

Ratedpeople.com Highlights Importance of Home Energy Audits

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2010) - Homeowners should undertake home energy audits throughout 2010 to offset threats posed by future wintry conditions, according to Ratedpeople.com, the UK's largest matchmaking service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen.

With Britain suffering one of the most severe winters in 30 years, many homeowners have had to endure freezing conditions inside their properties as a result of poor energy maintenance, with the knock on effect that heating bills have escalated during a term of continued economic hardship.

Andrew Skipwith, CEO and Founder of Ratedpeople.com said: "Time spent in shopping around is never wasted and it is a shame that so many homeowners have had to suffer the difficulties of freezing homes combined with high energy costs simply because properties are not energy efficient".

The Ratedpeople.com team advised homeowners that significant savings can be made on energy bills and energy efficiency improved by carrying out a simple energy audit of your home and ensuring that any home improvement works are undertaken by trained professionals.

Andrew Skipwith said: "One of the first and easiest inspections that homeowners should undertake is to check for leaks and drafts. Windows and doors that are not fitted properly can be one of the biggest causes of energy loss and if windows rattle or shake, or you are able to see any gaps or light around a door frame when it is closed, then air can easily escape and cause higher heating bills".

Andrew continued: "Ensuring that homeowners have adequate roof insulation is also key in eliminating energy loss. Roof insulation can become old and less efficient so it is important to carry out an audit and ensure that it is still effective, or whether it needs replacing; something a qualified roofer can ascertain for you."

Ratedpeople.com helps home improvers find recommended tradesmen quickly and easily. You can choose from 24 different trades and find tradesmen such as local plumbers, local builders or window specialists.

Every month, Ratedpeople.com manages over Pounds Sterling 30m in home improvement projects with more than 1,000 tradesmen signing up, making it the UK's largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen. There are more than 55,000 ratings on Ratedpeople.com to date and its system ensures that tradesmen are only rated by previous customers who find them through the site. This results in one of the fairest and most robust rating systems on the web.

For further information on how to source a recommended tradesman in your area, visit Ratedpeople.com.

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