Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October Consumer Reports: Saving Energy





The cover story for the October 2013 issue of Consumer Reports is "Bright ideas to save energy."  Some of the ideas are:  plugging air leaks, considering alternative energy sources, and upgrading your appliances.  Included is a section of lightbulb ratings, both general purpose and flood/reflector bulbs.

If you're in the market for a new car this year, check out the sneak preview of 2014 SUVs and small cars.  Another article notes that highway deaths were up in 2012.  It lists the major factors for this (speeding, not using seat belts, drunken driving, distracted driving), and what can be done to help make our roads safer.

"Four ways to weather the next big storm" has tips on how to protect your home and family both before and after a big storm.  It also includes ratings for generators and chain saws.

Other useful articles in this issue are:
  • Price comparisons for name brand vs. store brand items such as maple syrup, mayonnaise, and cranberry juice cocktail
  • Ratings for popped snacks, such as Popchips
  • Ratings for dishwasher detergents
  • Ratings for for food processors
Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2009 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Public Library card.

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