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For years, people chose light bulbs by the watt, learning over time how bright a typical 40-watt or 60-watt bulb looks. But wattage tells you only how much energy a bulb uses — not how bright it is. That takes lumens. What are lumens? How bright is...
More than half of energy used in a typical home goes toward heating and cooling it, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The more energy efficient your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are, the less they cost to...

You might remember that, back in 2016, the FTC sued and then settled with Volkswagen and Porsche over their multi-million dollar “clean diesel” marketing campaigns. The problem? The VWs, Audis, and Porsches they said were “clean” actually had an...

If you want to use solar power for your home, you have options. You may be able to buy or lease a system or sign a power purchase agreement. Your choice can affect how much you spend up front and over the life of the system, whether you get...

April 22 is Earth Day and a great time to consider e-cycling or donating your used electronics.

Maybe you’ve decided to get a new TV, replace old smoke detectors, or get rid of toys your kids have outgrown. But dumping them in the trash is...

If you have a 2012, 2013, or 2014 Passat 2.0L TDI and got the approved emissions modification, Volkswagen has identified a potential problem with the “fix” it installed on your car that needs your immediate attention. If you have one of those...

If you’re thinking about sprucing up the interior of your home with a fresh paint job, using a paint with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may be important to you since these compounds can be harmful to people. However, the FTC warns that...

Claims processing is underway for eligible VW owners and lessees as part of the VW 2.0 liter vehicle emissions settlements. If the court approves the proposed 3.0 liter settlement, claims processing for the 3.0 liter vehicle emissions settlements...

It’s time to come clean about household products: from laundry detergent to toothpaste, using more than recommended pours money down the drain and can be bad for your appliances, your belongings, and the environment.

Here are some tips...

Under a partial settlement filed today by the FTC, Volkswagen is agreeing to provide up to $10 billion to owners and lessees of VW and Audi 2.0 liter diesel cars that it claimed had low levels of harmful emissions, but did not. It’s the largest...

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