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January 20, 2001 |
When it comes to inexpensive halogen torchiers, can 50 million bargain-loving Americans be wrong? Yes, says the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a nonprofit organization that contends the popular floor lamps are no bargain when it comes to energy use. They cost more to operate than to buy. A 300-watt torchier used just two hours a day will consume 219 kilowatts per year, according to the ACEEE's Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings.
April 21, 1998 |
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America Inc. says its 1998 Mirage has been named one of the dozen "greenest" vehicles of the year by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The council recently published its rankings in its Green Guide to Cars and Trucks, which provides the first-ever comprehensive environmental ratings for every 1998 vehicle sold in the United States.
September 22, 2007 |
Political support for better fuel economy apparently goes only so far these days. A Bush administration official apologized this week for a newsletter sent to thousands of government employees that encouraged them to consider fuel-efficient vehicles built by Japanese automakers. "I deeply regret that our newsletter offended anyone, especially those Americans working in the automobile industry and the millions of people who make American automobile manufacturers successful," said Joe Ellis, an assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
May 13, 2001
Under California's summer 20/20 Rebate Program, consumers who trim their utility bills by 20% will be rewarded with 20% rate cuts. Here is a partial list of things you can do to reduce energy expenses. * Lower air-conditioning costs by turning down the thermostat. Save about 3% for every one-degree adjustment. * Keep refrigerator temperature setting above 37 degrees. Replace older models with ones that have the Energy Star label. Unplug or get rid of second refrigerators.
February 25, 1999
Not everyone wants--or can afford--an electric car, but there are still a sizable number of environmentally friendly gasoline-powered vehicles on the market, according to "Green Guide to Cars and Trucks." Here is a sampling of California-certified vehicles, with a rating of 100 representing a zero-emissions ideal. The highest-rated gasoline-powered car, the Chevy Metro, received a 38: *--* Make/Model Engine Transmission Green Score (liters/cylinders) Subcompacts Mitsubishi Mirage 1.
March 8, 2000
TYPE: Large SUV MODEL: Ford Expedition ENGINE: 4.6-liter V-8 TRANSMISSION: automatic GREEN SCORE: 15 * TYPE: Medium SUV MODEL: Toyota 4Runner ENGINE: 2.7L inline-4 TRANSMISSION: auto GREEN SCORE: 21 * MODEL: Jeep Cherokee ENGINE: 4.0L V-6 ENGINE: manual GREEN SCORE: 21 * TYPE: Small SUV MODEL: Toyota RAV4 ENGINE: 2.0L I-4 TRANSMISSION: auto GREEN SCORE: 28 * MODEL: Suzuki Vitara* ENGINE: 1.6L I-4 TRANSMISSION: auto GREEN SCORE: 28 * MODEL: Chevrolet Tracker* ENGINE: 1.