Conversations about: Energy & Home

Shock news as the Green Deal fund closes after seven weeks

by , Which? Graduate Energy & Home 26 July 2014
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Many were excited about the new Green Deal cash incentive scheme, which could get you £7,600 cash back for making your home more energy efficient. But now the fund's been closed just seven weeks after launch. (more about Green Deal fund...)

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Difficult-to-use products: the niggles that let you down

by , Online Home Writer Energy & Home 15 July 2014
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Some products are great at the job they’re designed for: microwaving food evenly or helping you get every crease out of your ironing. But if the product’s awkward to use, it could make your life a nightmare. (more about problem products...)

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Do retailers artificially inflate the cost of our suncreams?

by , Campaigns Manager Energy & Home 14 July 2014
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A new piece of research from The Guardian suggests supermarkets artificially inflate the price of sunscreens to make you feel you’re getting a good deal - a concept we’re all too familiar from our research at Which?. (read more about suncreams...)

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Can you navigate the care maze?

by , Policy Advisor Energy & Home 10 July 2014
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Our new report 'The Care Maze' finds that at a time when families are struggling to adapt to a change in circumstances, the system can be a minefield to navigate. (more about the care maze...)

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How long should your washing machine last?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 9 July 2014
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How long your washing machine lasts is one of the main considerations when shopping for a new model - so how about putting expected lifetimes on washing machines? (more about washing machines...)

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Is life too sweet at times?

by , Chief Policy Adviser Energy & Home 6 July 2014
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The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) draft report on carbohydrates and health published last week should be a wake-up call to the Government, food industry and consumers. (more on sugar...)

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Success! Ofgem refers energy market for full investigation

by , Campaigns Manager Energy & Home 26 June 2014
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In a win for our Fix the Big Six campaign, Ofgem today referred the energy market to the Competition & Markets Authority for a full market investigation. What changes do you want to see in the energy market? (more about Ofgem's announcement...)

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Would a :-) or :-( convince you to save energy?

by , Campaigns Officer Energy & Home 25 June 2014
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Even when the weather's hotting up, you can’t keep energy costs out of the news. The latest development is a study of 540 homes which found a smiley face can help people save energy. Confused? Let me fill you in. (more about smileys...)

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Solar panels – should you take the plunge?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 19 June 2014
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A recent survey of solar panel owning Which? members found that 97% were satisfied with their solar system and 93% would recommend it to their friends or family. Are you warming up to solar power? (more about solar panels...)

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Do you buy budget range food?

by , Senior Food Researcher Energy & Home 18 June 2014
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We’re planning an investigation later this year on the differences between supermarket budget, standard and premium food ranges and we want to hear your experiences. Are you buying more budget food? (more about budget food...)

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A shocking number of complaints to the Big Six

by , Campaigns Manager Energy & Home 18 June 2014
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We’ve just published the latest stats for complaints to the Big Six energy suppliers. And the figures show that they’re getting more of them than ever. If there was ever a time for change, it’s now. (more about energy complaints...)

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Ofgem calls on the Big Six to explain their prices

by , Campaigns Manager Energy & Home 11 June 2014
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High price for energy and gasoline in a news article headline

In the last year wholesale gas prices have fallen by 38%, and wholesale electricity prices have fallen by 23%. Yet, average dual fuel bills have risen by 7%. The regulator Ofgem has asked for an explanation. (more about the Big Six...)

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Does your fridge freezer make your blood boil?

by , Researcher Energy & Home 8 June 2014
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Do you get refrigeration rage? Or is your fridge freezer frustration-free? We’re assessing our ease-of-use testing to find out which refrigeration features are the most important for manufacturers to get right. (more on fridge freezers...)

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