Conversations about: Energy & Home

How do you make rechargeable batteries last longer?

by , Home Researcher Energy & Home 28 July 2015
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Bird's eye view of lots of batteries

Store them in your fridge or freezer. Don’t let them run down to empty. Whatever you do, don’t overcharge them. These are just some of the tips I’ve heard to make my rechargeable batteries last longer. (more about rechargeable batteries ...)

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Why kettle water tastes funny: mystery (nearly) solved

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 26 July 2015
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Steaming red kettle

Earlier this year we asked you to help solve the mystery of smelly, foul-tasting kettle water – a problem that for many of you has been spoiling your daily cuppa. And now we’ve discovered a common cause. (more about kettle water mystery ...)

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How do you choose your toothpaste?

by , Business Researcher Energy & Home 24 July 2015
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toothpaste

Choosing toothpaste should be one of life’s simpler decisions. But with more than a hundred varieties on sale promising everything from cavity prevention to teeth whitening, how do you decide which is best? (more about toothpaste claims ...)

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New food fraud: oregano or oreganot?

by , Campaigns officer Energy & Home 23 July 2015
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oregano

We’ve all got a friend so fussy about food it drives you mad. You learn to shut out their gripes about a dish that tastes fine to you. So when my friend complained that herbs ‘aren’t what they used to be’, I switched off. (more about fake oregano ...)

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Your view: why washing machines break down

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 12 July 2015
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washing machine

It's clear washing machines - and perhaps some other products - aren't lasting as long as you expect, but why is this? And is the situation any worse than it used to be? (more about washing machine breakdowns ...)

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A damning indictment o​f​​ ​the energy industry

by , Campaigns Manager Energy & Home 7 July 2015
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Millions of us are paying more for energy than we need to - that’s what a long-awaited investigation into the industry has found. So where do we go from here? (more about the energy industry ...)

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What favourite plants would you take if you moved home?

by , Senior Gardening researcher/writer Energy & Home 6 July 2015
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wisteria

For most of us, our home is full of objects that we keep for sentimental, as well as practical, reasons. And for us gardeners that can be true too for the plants in our gardens. (more about favourite plants ...)

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What unwanted items have you found use for in the garden?

by , Senior Gardening researcher/writer Energy & Home 3 July 2015
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recycling in the garden

My mother was a notorious skinflint and I think I’ve inherited the gene. Why pay for a plantpot saucer when a plastic food container will do? Why buy plant ties when old tights do a much better job? (more about new uses for old stuff ...)

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Has an expandable garden hose caused you problems?

by , Gardening Editor Energy & Home 29 June 2015
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hoses

Watering the garden? It can be a real pain using an old-style hosepipe that can be heavy, gets tangled, kinks, leaks or even splits. Which is why I bought an XHose - one of the whizzy stretchy, expandable hoses. (more about expandable garden hoses ...)

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Is your washing machine built to fail?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 17 June 2015
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washing machine error

Washing machines aren't lasting as long as you expect, and in recent years we’ve heard from customers and repairman about models that can’t be repaired. We found that a change in design has had big consequences. (more about washing machines ...)

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Are your home appliances safe?

by , Deputy Home and Garden Editor Energy & Home 14 June 2015
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appliance fire

If a car is recalled for safety reasons, owners can be traced through the DVLA. But what if your washing machine or tumble dryer is at risk of catching fire? How can you find out? (more about product recalls ...)

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And the UK’s favourite bird is… but do you agree?

by , Deputy Home and Garden Editor Energy & Home 12 June 2015
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robins 2

The robin has won a public vote to find the UK’s first national bird - easily beating rivals such as the barn owl, blackbird and wren. I can't say that I'm surprised. (more about the UK's favourite birds ...)

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Older carers: taking time for yourself

by , Consumer Action graduate Energy & Home 8 June 2015
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Carer holding hands with an older person

How do older carers look after loved ones and take care of themselves? It’s a question faced by an increasing number of people. To mark the start of Carers Week, we look at the importance of taking a break from caring. (more about older carers ...)

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Giving birth: is it easy to find information on choices?

by , Consumer Action graduate Energy & Home 6 June 2015
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Smiling baby

Are you or someone you know expecting a baby? There may be more choice than you think about where to give birth – and it could affect the experience you have. (more about birth choice...)

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