Conversations about: Energy & Home

Have you had problems with the Green Deal scheme?

by , Senior Researcher Energy & Home 25 May 2015
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Green Deal

It’s no wonder a scheme that helps you buy a new boiler or insulation for your home should be popular. But some of you have suffered Green Deal scammers and cold callers, and we’d like to hear your stories. (more about the Green Deal ...)

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How smart does a kettle really need to be?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 14 May 2015
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ikettle

My brother-in-law loves gadgets. Ideally, he’d like to be able to control all the appliances in his home with a smartphone app or a remote - for him, the ‘smart’ kettle is a dream come true. (more about the wi-fi kettle ...)

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Why I hate supermarket sliced and packaged bread

by , Which? deputy editor, home and garden Energy & Home 12 May 2015
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Why I hate supermarkets

There is a huge array of plastic-wrapped sliced pap in supermarkets that tries to pretend it’s bread. But I know better. My breadmaker produces a loaf that has a gorgeous crust and a tasty, soft innard that smells divine. (more about making your own bread ...)

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Have you had problems with home improvements?

by , Digital Producer Energy & Home 6 May 2015
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home improvements

Have you ever had a home improvement project go wrong? A builder who starts work then goes off on another job or a plumber who never seems to have seen a tap before? (more about home improvement horrors ...)

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Have you had a problem with smelly kettle water?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 3 May 2015
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A cup of tea with some biscuits

Can you help solve a mystery that's threatening to ruin the breakfast time cuppa of tea drinkers up and down the country? Smelly kettle water. It's a problem many of you seem to suffer, judging by comments we've had. (more about kettle mystery ...)

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Why was the ban on energy-guzzling light bulbs delayed?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 28 April 2015
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LED bulb

Are LED light bulbs now good enough and cheap enough to justify banning the less eco-friendly halogen bulbs? The answer, seems to be no. Or at least, not yet. (more about light bulbs ...)

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Our five tests for the energy investigation

by , Executive Director Energy & Home 27 April 2015
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gas bill new

In just a month, the provisional findings of an investigation into the energy market are due to be revealed. We've written to the body carrying out the investigation, with five tests we’ll judge its suggested remedies against. (more about energy prices ...)

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What’s the best way to beat the stress of moving home?

by , Online Writer Energy & Home 26 April 2015
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House being squeezed

Getting on the property ladder has always been a bit scary. We asked first-time buyers what they wish they’d known and heard of mistakes, late revelations and last-minute hitches that cost them a dream home. (more about moving home ...)

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What do shops have to say about piped music?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 10 April 2015
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Sound

We’ve had more than 1,300 comments about background music in shops, making it our third most commented post of all time. So what do the most complained about shops have to say about it? (more about store music...)

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Esther Rantzen: older people shouldn’t be locked in loneliness

by , The Silver Line Founder Energy & Home 5 April 2015
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Elderly lady looking sad

Loneliness as you get older is a punishment no-one should have to suffer, yet that’s exactly what thousands are faced with. Here’s Esther Rantzen, who founded The Silver Line, on why everyone needs someone to talk to. (more on loneliness...)

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Are you happy with how your boiler is serviced?

by , Senior Researcher Energy & Home 4 April 2015
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boilers

Like most of us, you probably call out an engineer every 12 months or so to tinker with that white box on the wall. But how much do you know about what a boiler service covers and are you happy with the result? (more about boiler services...)

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How many Mini Eggs can you get for £1?

by , Digital Producer Energy & Home 3 April 2015
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Cadbury's Mini Eggs

Products are shrinking; Patrick once counted crisps; and Easter is upon us. I’ve been inspired by all three and tasked myself with answering your burning Easter question – how many Mini Eggs do you get for £1? (more about Mini Eggs...)

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Turning up the heat on district heating

by , Senior Policy Adviser Energy & Home 2 April 2015
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pipes

Many of us don’t trust energy suppliers, but what if you were stuck with one supplier for as long as you lived in a property, with no control over the price you pay? This is the reality for many district heating customers. (more about district heating...)

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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...)

15 people have joined in this Conversation

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