Homeowners in Britain are throwing away home products which could be worth almost £21,000 over their lifetime, according to new research.
Replacing the gadgets, appliances and furnishings used in the home – such as kettles, coffee-makers and sofas – can lead to homeowners spending a small fortune on everyday home items.
For those in the midst of a self build or renovation project, the findings are pertinent as they emphasise the long-term savings that can be made in buying products to last.
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A ‘Throwaway’ Attitude
The research, conducted by British window and door brand Origin, suggest that homeowners have a ‘throwaway’ attitude to home items costing them money.
Homeowners will spend around £50 on a new kettle, the research shows, but a replacement every four years means they will purchase nearly 15 throughout their lifetime. This totals a rough spending of £750 on a kettle alone.
Instead, investing slightly more in better quality products could help homeowners avoid having to regularly spend on replacements.
Interestingly though, only a third of homeowners believe sustainability is important when buying home products. A quarter bought cheaper items with the aim of regularly replacing them, while 28% admitted to replacing items when they looked damage, even if they still worked.
Origin’s findings also revealed that small electrical items, such as a toaster and coffee-maker, were generally replaced every four years, while larger, more expensive items, such as a new sofa or armchair, were upgraded as frequently as every eight years.
Ben Brocklesby, Director at Origin, said: “As a nation, we need to be more aware of the effect our buying decisions have, not just on our own wallets, but also the environment. By making a simple change in looking out for products with guarantees over and above the industry standard, particularly when replacing the most used items in their property, they can be reassured that their goods will stand the test of time.”