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Which? magazine: November 2021
Energy suppliers are at the centre of attention thanks to the ongoing market crisis, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and the approaching winter. Sharply rising prices and the disappearance of cheap tariffs mean you’re likely to be paying more to heat and power your home. It’s more important than ever to know what you’re getting for your money, especially if you’re keen to choose a green provider.
To help you choose a supplier whose approach to green tariffs suits you, we grilled more than 40 companies that provide electricity and gas in England, Scotland and Wales about the renewable electricity and green gas they sell to domestic customers.
Meanwhile, we’ve surveyed thousands of you to reveal which tech brands last the longest. Buying from the right brands will mean you spend less of your time researching a repair or replacement, and save you money in the long term, too.
Also in this month’s magazine:
- Full stream ahead Yvette Fletcher explores how streaming services, pay-TV and broadband packages compare, and which providers stand out for the right reasons.
- Why boiler cover is (almost) never worth it Adam Snook reveals how to get the best deal and the alternatives to expensive cover.
- How to buy the right batteries Jake Massey reveals the AA single-use and AA and AAA rechargeable batteries that lasted the longest on test – and which ones prove to be an impressive bargain.
- Why an iPhone is a safe bet for your next mobile Jonathan Parkyn finds out whether anything can beat the new iPhone 13.
From the editor
After I boot-up my computer in the morning, I like to scan a few newspaper sites for any big consumer stories. Most of the time it’s a quick process. Not recently.
Take this morning (11 October). The Financial Times reported that the natural gas that heats your home costs at least five times more than it did a year ago on the wholesale market. Meanwhile, amid fears of food shortages, The Times featured warnings that some factories were days from collapse because of the impact on them of higher energy costs. It also quoted the CEO of one food conglomerate saying that households should get used to higher prices. Over on The New York Times, an in-depth report on the ‘Great Supply Chain Disruption’ found that one of the largest ports in the US was struggling with a ‘staggering pile-up of cargo’ after some 700 containers had been left there for more than a month.
What these stories make plain is that, across the world, a series of interconnected problems – inflation, scarcity, shortages of lorry drivers – are hindering economic recovery. And that the consequences aren’t just going to be felt by company bosses, shareholders and governments, but by all of us. As ever, we’ll be here to help you navigate the consumer challenges you face.
Harry Rose, Editor, Which? magazine
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