LONDON, October 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
FrugalBritons like to hang on to their electrical goods - sometimes for sentimental value!
Around 1 in 4 Brits admit that they have at least one household appliance that is still in regular use in their home which they know is more than 25 years old. Many of the people surveyed said they had held on to the appliance to get as much value for their money as possible but some say it was handed down to them by a relative and therefore it has sentimental value.
A survey of 3,000 people by the insurer Allianz Your Cover, found that the top five electrical appliances that are most likely to be going strong after 25 years are:
- Food mixers
- Washing Machines
One respondent to the survey said: "I think people should take more care of the things they have. My wife and I bought a Super SER fridge shortly after we were married in 1971 and our oven was purchased many years ago too."
Another respondent added: "Taking care of things comes naturally to me and I believe that people should take more care of what they have. When I buy products I buy for the long term and make sure items last by cleaning and storing them appropriately. I also choose wisely by researching the products and finding the right ones for me."
Keeping electrical appliances going for many years is not always an economic decision. One respondent added: "I still have a hand me down Russell Hobbs Kettle - I remember my grandma bought it for my mum. To this day I still have it in my kitchen but sadly my grandma passed away but my mum told me the kettle would remain in the family for generations and it has and I wouldn't part with it!"
Jon Lott, head of direct, Allianz Your Cover, said: "In the current economic climate it is great to see so many people are taking care of their property. As an insurer this is something we encourage people to do on a day-to-day basis so it's excellent to see such a positive response.
"When keeping hold of electrical appliances for a long time, it is important for safety checks to be carried out every so often to identify any faults and avoid potential risks."
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