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Electricity bill increase January 1st

As many of us saw from this week’s Sur in English, from January 1st, millions of households across Spain will see an increase in their electricity bills. The new increase is due to a 6.9% hike in the price of power bought by suppliers. Consumers will feel the effects with a 3% rise in energy costs.

This increase of 3% will be charged to those on the domestic tariff known as TUR, with contracted power below 10 kilowatts. However the Ministry of Industry also plan to issue a surcharge of up to 8% to those contracted to 3 kilowatts of power or more, if they exceed average consumption by over 10%. According to calculations made by OCU consumers organisation, this could mean an additional charge of around 3% onto the average household electricity bill, meaning the total increase could reach around 6% on every bill.

There are number of things you can do to reduce your electric consumption and save money on bills such as;

  • Use energy efficient light bulbs and solar lights for the garden
  • Use a halogen cooker instead of fan oven
  • Turn all appliances off at mains when not in use, rather than leave on standby
  • Use a fire if you have one rather than radiators if possible
  • Only use the tumble dryer where necessary, use a clothes horse for drying instead
  • Use an energy monitor to show you how different appliances affect your consumption and to show where you could make savings
  • Fill up the dishwasher before using so you do fewer washes
  • Load your washing machine to the full so you do fewer washes

Some of these tips can also work well if you use your property for holiday rentals and want to keep the electric consumption to a minimum. Some households are even investing in solar energy devices to minimise power costs and reduce energy consumption. This can save hundreds on electricity bills each year and has a positive effect on the environment, so is well worth looking into as costs continue to rise.

As part of our property management services on the Costa del Sol we can deal with all the utility companies and even receive any correspondence from them on your behalf so you know that even if you are away from your Spanish property, everything is being dealt with as it should be. Contact us to find out more about this service.

 

Benidorm announces ambitious plans to boost tourism

Benidorm on the Costa Blanca has been struggling to attract as many tourists and get them to spend as much as it needs, so they are getting creative.

Their hotel association has proposed that their 4* and 5* hotels should host mini-casinos to turn the resort into the “Las Vegas of Spain” and attract wealthier tourists willing to spend more money on their holiday. The plan has been supported by the Town Hall who wants to bring more prosperity back to the popular seaside resort.

Benidorm still attracts 6 million tourists per year, but is facing stiff competition from other resorts in Spain and the rest of the world. This move will be welcomed by those owning rental properties in Benidorm who want to secure a good income from their property and should secure the future of Benidorm as a tourist hotspot.

HomeCareontheWeb has teamed up with Novasol to offer holiday rental properties throughout Spain to their many clients. We can help home owners to increase their rental income through our excellent marketing and promotion, rental management Spain, as well as our stress-free property management services. Please contact us on info@homecareontheweb.com for more information.

Who won our free prize draw?

Find out who won 5 free nights of luxury accommodation during the Volvo World MatchPlay Championships in Spain this fall…

As a company, we’re always doing more than most Costa del Sol holiday rental agencies to proactively market our owners’ holiday accommodation.

One of our recent initiatives has been to establish collaborations with over 2,300 UK golf clubs.

We’re doing this to directly promote our “Fairway Collection” of golf holiday accommodation, which is suitable for golf clubs to recommend to their members.

To help us achieve this, we’ve just undertaken an extensive e-marketing survey targeting club secretaries at each UK golf club.

As an incentive to generate as many completed survey responses as possible, we offered a prize of five nights free accommodation in one of our “Fairway Collection” apartments during the Volvo World MatchPlay Championships,which takes place Oct 29th – Nov 1st 2009.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all those who participated in the survey.

The answers and opinions we received proved extremely valuable to us as we plan how best to collaborate with UK Golf Clubs so that we can offer our range of quality-assured golf holiday rental accommodation to their members.

Now the news you’ve all been waiting for…

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the winner of our prize draw to win 5 nights free accommodation during this year’s Volvo World MatchPlay tournament is Debbie Haines, the Secretary of West Chiltington Golf Club, Nr Horsham in Sussex, England.

On finding out she’d won, Debbie commented “I am delighted that I have won this prize and am really looking forward to trying out the fantastic golf courses along the Costa del Sol. It’s always good to receive the accommodation special offers from HolidayRentalontheWeb and we often put them on the notice board so that the members can take advantage of them, so I was happy to complete their survey. Now I am really pleased I did! I look forward to meeting the team when I am over in Spain.”

So congratulations Debbie and we hope you enjoy your stay with us here on the Costa del Sol!

To view the ‘Fairway Collection’ of golf accommodation and book online, visit www.holidayrentalontheweb.com, or call 00 34 952 83 95 95 for more information.

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