UK Consumers Keep Some Appliances 25+ Years
Oct 10, 2012
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About one in four in the UK say they regularly use at least one appliance in their home that is more than 25 years old, according to a survey from British insurance company Allianz.

Many of those surveyed said they kept the appliance to get as much value for their money as possible, while others say it was handed down by a relative and it therefore has sentimental value.

The survey of 3,000 people by insurer Allianz Your Cover found that the top five electrical appliances most likely to be in use after 25 years are:
* food mixers
* ovens
* refrigerators
* irons
* washing Machines

One survey respondent 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 said: "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."

One respondent said: "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!"

"In the current economic climate it is great to see so many people are taking care of their property," said Jon Lott, head of direct, Allianz Your Cover. "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."

He added: "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."

The company did not, however, take into account the higher cost to use older appliances. Older refrigerators, in particular, cost far more to power than new, much more energy efficient appliance models.

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