News articles for December 2011

  • Householders urged to get fires checked

    Householders urged to get fires checked

    21st December 2011

    A mother-of-four from north Wales has urged householders to ensure they have gas appliances checked by a qualified professional this Christmas, warning of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO).

  • Take care with festive food storage, consumers advised

    Take care with festive food storage, consumers advised

    20th December 2011

    Consumers have been advised to take care with how they store their food over the festive season, with millions of pounds’ worth expected to be thrown away over Christmas.

  • Energy firm to cut prices

    Energy firm to cut prices

    20th December 2011

    Utilities supplier Co-operative Energy has announced it is to cut prices from early next year, amid concern over the impact of soaring bills on household incomes.

  • Consumers ‘want simpler appliances’

    Consumers ‘want simpler appliances’

    19th December 2011

    A new study has indicated that confusing or unnecessary extras on household appliances could be inflating prices despite offering little real benefit to consumers.

  • CO alarms ‘very important’

    CO alarms ‘very important’

    19th December 2011

    Householders have been urged to ensure they have working carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their home, after an incident in Berkshire over the weekend.

  • Which? urges National Grid accountability

    Which? urges National Grid accountability

    16th December 2011

    Consumer campaigning group Which? has urged the government to ensure that its impending overhaul of the electricity market provides sufficient accountability.

  • EU votes to back fish-friendly laundry

    EU votes to back fish-friendly laundry

    15th December 2011

    The European Parliament has given its backing to plans to reduce the amount of phosphorus in washing powders and dishwasher detergents.

  • Wholesale prices ‘driving bills higher’

    Wholesale prices ‘driving bills higher’

    15th December 2011

    Wholesale gas prices have been the main reason for rising consumer energy prices over the last few years and further increases are likely, it has been claimed.

  • Panasonic to launch environmentally friendly appliances

    Panasonic to launch environmentally friendly appliances

    14th December 2011

    Electronics manufacturer Panasonic has announced it is to launch a new range of green domestic appliances next year.

  • Extended warranties ‘poor value’

    Extended warranties ‘poor value’

    14th December 2011

    Consumers have been warned by Which? that extended warranties on household appliances may represent poor value for money.