Is it worth switching to LED lights and fittings?

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I’ve heard the claims but I’m not yet sold. Please convince me

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

This week’s question:

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Cath Kidston: ‘I'm not someone who wants to be famous'

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The founder of the eponymous company, famed for its floral designs, says she wishes she’d been braver when she was young and hints at a new venture

Totally, I was one of those kids who played shop from as young as I can remember. I was always making a stall in the garden, or trying to sell my mum’s grocery cupboard back to her. I started my first business, a design company, with a friend when I was 28. But I didn’t open the first Cath Kidston store until I was 34. Before that, I’d worked in shops and galleries.

Related: Not on the High Street co-founder: ‘I got an E in A-level business’

I had a very clear understanding that once I’d sold my business, I’d sold my name

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B&Q installation flooded our home but no one is paying up

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A sub-contractor accidentally caused the damage but we’re still out of pocket

We paid £13,381 for a fully fitted kitchen from B&Q. Ten days into the installation the subcontractor accidentally caused a flood, damaging carpets, furniture and possessions.

B&Q managers advised that we make a claim. We therefore sent an email with supporting documents requesting £2,592.41. More than three months later we’re still waiting.

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Would a white carpet be a disaster?

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Anyone have experience of one – surely it will end in stains and tears?

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

This week’s question:

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Small Business Owners’ Views on Health Care

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While policymakers debate the future of health care in D.C., we surveyed 3,576 small business professionals in 44 states across the country to understand how the American small business community feels about the Affordable Care Act and the Republican plans that might replace it.

What's the best way to release equity for home improvements?

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I don’t have a mortgage and need some cash for new windows and doors

Q I would like to know more about equity release. I am a homeowner with no mortgage on my house. I cleared my mortgage back in 2013 when my endowment policy reached maturity.

I would like to make some changes to my home, including installing PVC windows and external doors, as well as having a bit of landscaping done. I am approaching my 64th birthday and live alone, and hope to release some of the equity in my home. Can you please point me in the right direction? BT

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Recipes: Your New Favorite Summer Drinks

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There’s just something about long days and warm weather that calls for refreshing drinks to be sipped and enjoyed on your front porch or back patio. Whether it’s a boozy concoction or a tasty mocktail,

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Super Genius Spring Cleaning Hacks

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After a long winter, spring cleaning chores go way beyond the day-to-day, as we vacuum away dust bunnies and take down window treatments for their annual washing. And while much of spring cleaning can be sloggy and labor-intensive,

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A mountain to climb to get Everest to resolve our window issue

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Our latest double-glazed windows don’t match the previous ones it installed and I can’t seem to get the problem rectified

Before Christmas my wife and I ordered double-glazed windows and bifold doors from Everest. This followed a previous order of windows for half of the house fitted last July.

When the new order came in early March, it became clear that the windows did not match the ones supplied nine months ago and the bifold doors did not fit.

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