Conversations about: Energy & Home

Professor Elliott: what food scandal could be next?

by , Professor of Food Safety Energy & Home 21 October 2014
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goats cheese

After leading a review into our food supply networks, Professor Chris Elliott explains how we need to monitor the food supply chain to prevent any future food scares. Find out more from him in this guest post: (more about goats cheese...)

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The challenges of buying hearing aids

by , Senior Health Researcher Energy & Home 20 October 2014
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Hearing aid

Behind-the-ear hearing aids or invisible ‘in-the-canal’ ones? iPhone-compatible or no frills? £500 or £7,000 per pair? Buying hearing aids comes with a whole host of choices to wade through. (more about hearing aids...)

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How do you brew the perfect cup of tea?

by , Principal Home Researcher Energy & Home 18 October 2014
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There’s nothing like a good cup of tea, but what makes the perfect cuppa? Is the teapot a must or is your favourite brew made best in a mug? And would you let a machine make it for you? (more about tea...)

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Do you keep your tech on standby?

by , Senior Technology Researcher Energy & Home 17 October 2014
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TV standby button

This week an Energy Saving Trust report hit the headlines with the claim that households could save £1.7bn a year by switching off appliances in standby. (more about tech on stand-by...)

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Are you paying more but using less energy?

by , Senior Statistician Energy & Home 17 October 2014
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Energy prices up

Ever get the feeling that despite reducing your energy usage your bills aren't get any smaller? Well, it’s not just you - our research shows we’re paying an average of £410 more a year compared to a decade ago. (more on rising energy costs...)

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A Nobel Prize for LED light bulbs, but do they get your vote?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 15 October 2014
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LED light bulb

Earlier this week the scientists behind LED light bulbs were awarded the 2014 Nobel prize for physics. Unfortunately, you've shared stories of LEDs burning out too soon. Are LED bulbs getting any better? (more about LED light bulbs...)

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Politicians must empower people on public services

by , Campaigns Manager Energy & Home 7 October 2014
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Nurse

With conference season coming to an end, we’re calling for all the political parties to commit to giving people a more powerful voice in public services and to make sure they meet people’s needs. (more about public services...)

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The Government must urgently cut smart meter roll-out costs

by , Campaigns Officer Energy & Home 7 October 2014
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Energy meter

Have you had a smart meter installed in your house? The official roll-out’s due to start next year, but we’re concerned about the £10.9bn cost. That’s why we’re calling on the Government to urgently cut costs. (more about smart meters...)

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Are you tempted by discount store batteries?

by , Home Researcher Energy & Home 6 October 2014
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Batteries

Disposable battery prices vary a huge amount. Plump for a big brand and a four-pack could set you back over £5. Walk into a discount store and a packet of 12 could be yours for just £1. But are you tempted by them? (more about the discount batteries...)

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Should we do more to stop junk food marketing to children?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 4 October 2014
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Advertising sweets to children

Are food companies doing enough to market their goods responsibly? Are there particular food products that you feel are marketed to appeal to children or techniques that reel younger punters in? (more about junk food marketing.)

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Have you ever been let down by your letting agent?

by , Principal Policy Adviser Energy & Home 1 October 2014
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Today brings welcome relief for many private renters and landlords, and a win for us at Which?. New laws have come into force requiring all letting agents to sign up to an ombudsman scheme. (more on new letting agent rules...)

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Beko fridge freezer fires: should there be tougher penalties?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 29 September 2014
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Fridge freezer

An inquest into a fire fatality has concluded that a Beko fridge freezer was at fault. It’s now been recommended that there should be tougher penalties for manufacturers that fail to recall faulty products. (more about Beko fridge freezer fire...)

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Brief cases: the problems of renting out a property solved

by , Which? Lawyer Energy & Home 26 September 2014
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Colourful wooden houses

A tenant who demolished internal walls of the property he was renting (without his landlord’s permission) is one of the more unusual problems our property lawyers have dealt with… (more about renting problems...)

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Honey I killed the bees! Or did I…?

by , Business Researcher Energy & Home 25 September 2014
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Two bees on a honeycomb

The debate over use of neonicotinoids is still raging. The European Commission has now placed a two year ban on three chemicals which are known to harm bees. But what about those still on sale? (more about neonicotinoids ban...)

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