A customer looks at a display of televisions in a Best Buy store in San Francisco. California state regulators are currently considering ways to reduce the power consumption of flat-panel televisions.
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October 22, 2009 Energy Stars are those blue stickers that are supposed to help you choose the most energy-efficient appliances, TVs and other power-hungry gadgets. More than a third of Americans use them to pick products, but some flaws in the program have raised doubts about the ratings.
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October 10, 2009 Anyone replacing old, drafty windows at home with new energy-efficient ones can get a federal tax credit of up to $1,500. But energy experts say there are less expensive ways to reduce energy costs.
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August 18, 2009 Hundreds of utilities around the U.S. — and a growing number of companies — are offering customers a chance to buy green power. Businesses use them to promote their environmental consciousness. But where does the power come from?
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August 7, 2009 They have become as much a fashion statement as a political one. From the Whole Foods Market to Home Depot, stores are jumping on the reusable-bag bandwagon, delighting many eco-minded shoppers. But bagger, beware! Not all reusable bags are created equal.
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August 3, 2009 The "cash for clunkers" program was designed to move new cars off the lots, and so far it's working. But it was also supposed to help the environment by replacing gas guzzlers with more fuel-efficient vehicles. Critics say it isn't creating a market for the most fuel-efficient cars.
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August 3, 2009 Messages abound telling you to do your part to prevent climate change and to save the environment. But how do we know if what we're doing really has the impact on the environment we think it does? Are we making the best choices? And are we fully informed?
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