Conversations about: Energy & Home

Our five tests for energy investigation

by , Executive Director Energy & Home 27 April 2015
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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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moving home

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...)

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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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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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