Put your house on an energy diet

Put your house on an energy diet

January is the traditional time for belt-tightening and waist watching. To offset your holiday expenses, you may also want to take a look at ways to trim your bloated utility bill. Adjusting your home heating to your schedule is one way as is switching to more energy-efficient lightbulbs and appliances. Here are some tips from the experts at Consumer Reports and the Department of Energy.

Energy-saving thermostats
Programmable thermostats can trim about $ 180 a year from your energy bill by … (read more)

LG’s new dryer saves energy and money

LG’s new dryer saves energy and money

Residential clothes dryers aren’t known for their efficiency, which is why they’re not yet part of the federal government’s Energy Star program. Yet LG has announced a dryer that the company claims will be up to 58 percent more efficienct than a standard model.

The LG DLHX4072V uses a heat-pump exchange system to achieve its target efficiency. Dryers typically lose 20 to 25 percent of their heat through the dryer vent, according to figures from the Environmental Protection Agency, but this model … (read more)

Test your energy IQ

Test your energy IQ

If you’re like the typical American, you know a thing or two about energy efficiency, but you’re also leaving serious savings on the table. That’s clear from our 2012 Energy IQ Quiz, a nationally representative survey of 1,035 Americans conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. No one got every question right, and only a third answered most correctly. Test your own Energy IQ, then read through our answers to learn the latest efficiency news and advice, which could lower your utility bills by hundreds … (read more)

5 ways to save energy and money right now

5 ways to save energy and money right now

Boston scored a win over New York this week and it wasn’t on the baseball diamond. Instead, Beantown won top honors for its efforts to advance energy efficiency. New York took third place after Portland, Ore., in the rankings from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. While the report focuses on the actions of the nation’s 34 largest cities, citizens everywhere can do their part and save money too. Plugging leaks and insulating your home are two of … (read more)

Bright ideas that save energy and money

Bright ideas that save energy and money

Forget the media room and the whirlpool tub. Energy efficiency tops the list of home features that today’s savvy consumers want. And they’re willing to pay for it—an extra $ 7,100 for a home that will reduce annual energy costs by $ 1,000, according to a recent report from the National Association of Home Builders.

But you don’t have to buy a new house to reap the latest energy savings. Our expert tips could cut your energy bills in half. Simply screwing in … (read more)

LG’s mega-capacity refrigerator skimps on energy not space

LG’s mega-capacity refrigerator skimps on energy not space

LG’s latest French-door bottom-freezer, the LG LFX33975ST, has an industry-leading claimed capacity of 33 cubic feet. The use of vacuum insulated panels, or VIPs, is one factor in the $ 3,500 refrigerator’s cavernous interior since this type of insulation allows for an exceptionally thin shell and doors. And based on our preliminary test results, LG’s mega fridge is headed for a top spot in our Ratings of nearly 260 refrigerators.

Besides working the VIPs, LG squeezed every last cubic inch … (read more)

Gains in energy efficiency more than possible, report says

Gains in energy efficiency more than possible, report says

Energy efficiency awareness in the U.S. goes back at least to President Jimmy Carter in a cardigan sweater warning Americans of a global energy crisis back in 1977. In the decades since, much progress has been made, which could give the impression that we’re reaching the ends of our efficiency gains. But a report released this week finds that there are still significant savings to be had—many of which can be deployed on an individual level to lower household energy … (read more)

FTC makes appliance energy information easier to find online

FTC makes appliance energy information easier to find online

It’s becoming more common to buy major appliances online—roughly 10 percent of refrigerator sales now happen there, versus at a brick and mortar store, up from a blip 10 years ago. But for all the convenience of online appliance shopping, it’s not always easy to compare energy consumption data for various models on a retailer’s website. An amendment by the Federal Trade Commission to its Appliance Labeling Rule should change that by improving the availability of online energy information for … (read more)