Conversations about: Energy & Home

I don’t own any spoons – they’re useless

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 1 April 2015
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Spoons

In short, spoons are a superfluous, sub-class of cutlery. And anybody who actually thinks about it will see why. Will you join me in throwing out your spoons? (more about spoons...)

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Keeping it local – a better approach to energy efficiency

by , Campaigns Officer Energy & Home 31 March 2015
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insulation

With millions of homes leaking cash every winter, we’re calling on the next Government to radically re-think its energy efficiency strategy. What would convince you to make your home more energy efficient? (more about energy efficiency...)

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Petrol pump energy pricing is key to switching

by , Campaigns Manager Energy & Home 30 March 2015
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Energy meter

Our latest research, conducted with EDF Energy, reveals that simple pricing would mean more of us would be able to easily spot the cheapest energy deal. In turn, this would increase our willingness to switch. (more about simple energy pricing...)

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Are shrinking products a sneaky way of increasing prices?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 20 March 2015
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Supermarket trolley

You might remember our debate about smaller creme egg packs. Well, there's more. Not only have we uncovered a host of other everyday shrinking products, the sun's at it too... (more about shrinking products...)

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Shops are spying on you – but does it bother you?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 19 March 2015
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Eye spying on you

Threatened by competition from online retailers, shops are introducing new technologies to find out more about you, the customer. Do you find shops analysing your behaviour creepy, or are you happy to accept it? (more about spying shops...)

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Scottish Power sales calls banned for 12 days

by , Campaigns Manager Energy & Home 4 March 2015
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Arrow and phone

Scottish Power has been served with a 12-day sales ban by Ofgem after failing to meet the regulator’s customer service targets. It’s good to see Ofgem hitting suppliers where it hurts. (more about Scottish Power...)

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Is it possible to hold back the slugs?

by , Senior Gardening researcher/writer Energy & Home 1 March 2015
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Slugs - a gardener's worst enemy. There are a number of methods out there to stop them in their tracks, be it environmentally friendly or chemical, but have you ever found one that does the trick? (more about slugs...)

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Is your washer-dryer faster than a dung beetle?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 21 February 2015
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Washing machine

One of the washer-dryers in our most recent tests takes more than eight hours to dry clothes. How long would you wait for dry laundry? And what's it got to do with dung beetles!? (more about washer-dryers...)

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Supermarket shopping: what gets on your nerves?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 19 February 2015
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supermarket trolley

Long queues, confusing store layouts, ‘unexpected item in the bagging area’… shopping for groceries can really be a chore at times. What irritates you the most about supermarket shopping? (more about supermarket bugbears...)

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Do the Big Six deserve their loyal customers?

by , Campaigns Manager Energy & Home 18 February 2015
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energy_greedy

Today is a watershed moment for the energy market. The Competition and Markets Authority has confirmed what we’ve known all along - competition isn’t working for consumers. (more about the CMA investigation...)

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Steam mops: are they interfering with your radio?

by , Home Researcher Energy & Home 15 February 2015
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steam mop

Household chores seem much less of a drag when you can do them to music. But what if your cleaning equipment interferes with your tunes? Our testers noticed this with some steam cleaners in our latest tests. (more about steam mops...)

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Do induction hobs interfere with pacemakers?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 12 February 2015
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induction_hob

More of us are deciding to buy induction hobs when replacing our old hob or cooker. But did you know that they could interfere with some pacemakers? (more on pacemakers...)

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Valentines Day: don’t give the gift of food poisoning

by , Head of Compliance Energy & Home 10 February 2015
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We've got Catriona Stewart from the Food Standards Agency talking about their 'look before you book' scheme. If you're planning a Valentine's meal, make sure you check the food hygiene rating... (more about food hygiene ratings...)

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Do you wish for more from your microwave?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 4 February 2015
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Microwave

Microwaves are a gadget found in almost all kitchens. While they're meant to be a convenient way to get the cooking done, are they really as good as we all think? (more about microwaves)

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