Conversations about: Energy & Home

What unwanted items have you found new uses for?

by , Senior Gardening researcher/writer Energy & Home 3 July 2015
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recycling in the garden

My mother was a notorious skinflint and I think I’ve inherited the gene. Why pay for a plantpot saucer when a plastic food container will do? Why buy plant ties when old tights do a much better job? (more about new uses for old stuff ...)

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Has an expandable garden hose caused you problems?

by , Gardening Editor Energy & Home 29 June 2015
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hoses

Watering the garden? It can be a real pain using an old-style hosepipe that can be heavy, gets tangled, kinks, leaks or even splits. Which is why I bought an XHose - one of the whizzy stretchy, expandable hoses. (more about expandable garden hoses ...)

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Is your washing machine built to fail?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 17 June 2015
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washing machine error

Washing machines aren't lasting as long as you expect, and in recent years we’ve heard from customers and repairman about models that can’t be repaired. We found that a change in design has had big consequences. (more about washing machines ...)

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Are your home appliances safe?

by , Deputy Home and Garden Editor Energy & Home 14 June 2015
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appliance fire

If a car is recalled for safety reasons, owners can be traced through the DVLA. But what if your washing machine or tumble dryer is at risk of catching fire? How can you find out? (more about product recalls ...)

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And the UK’s favourite bird is… but do you agree?

by , Deputy Home and Garden Editor Energy & Home 12 June 2015
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The robin has won a public vote to find the UK’s first national bird - easily beating rivals such as the barn owl, blackbird and wren. I can't say that I'm surprised. (more about the UK's favourite birds ...)

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Older carers: taking time for yourself

by , Consumer Action graduate Energy & Home 8 June 2015
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Carer holding hands with an older person

How do older carers look after loved ones and take care of themselves? It’s a question faced by an increasing number of people. To mark the start of Carers Week, we look at the importance of taking a break from caring. (more about older carers ...)

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Giving birth: is it easy to find information on choices?

by , Consumer Action graduate Energy & Home 6 June 2015
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Smiling baby

Are you or someone you know expecting a baby? There may be more choice than you think about where to give birth – and it could affect the experience you have. (more about birth choice...)

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Why cutting the price of energy really matters

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 2 June 2015
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Fair energy illustration

‘I’d like to use my heating in winter and not just when people visit.’ That was only one of many comments we’ve had from the more than 203,900 of you who have signed our petition for fair energy prices. (more about cutting energy bills ...)

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Shocking levels of potentially deadly bug in chicken

by , Campaigns Manager Energy & Home 28 May 2015
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Man looking at chicken through magnifying glass

After a year of testing the Food Standards Agency has today published its full results on the levels of potentially deadly Campylobacter found in supermarket chickens. (more about supermarket chickens...)

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The prize for awful customer service goes to…

by , Chief Executive Energy & Home 28 May 2015
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One energy company has a particularly dire track record when it comes to customer service, as Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith knows only too well. (more about poor customer service ...)

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More free childcare – but this should just be the start

by , Campaigns Manager Energy & Home 27 May 2015
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Queens speech 2015

It's only 19 days in for the new Government and today it announced its agenda for the coming year in the Queen’s Speech. This is a key time for those of us looking to make things work better for you. (more about the Queen's Speech ...)

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Have you been cold called by a ‘Green Deal’ scam?

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 , Deputy Home and Garden Editor 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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