Earth Day is coming up Friday. If you need energy tips to cut your utility bills, here are suggestions from the National Resources Defense Council:
Use energy efficient light bulbs
When all of America's estimated 4 billion lighting sockets contain energy-saving bulbs that meet energy standards, American consumers and businesses will save about $12.5 billion every year – and will have cleaner air and a healthier environment.
Install solar-powered yard lights
Solar lights spend the day storing sunshine and turn on automatically after dark.
Pick the best method for streaming
If your family or friends likes to binge-watch shows with services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, make sure they don't use an Xbox or PlayStation to stream them. They can use 25 or more times more power than a streaming device such as Apple TV,Roku, or a Google Chromecast to watch the same show. Better yet, a smart, Internet-connected television can stream content from the Internet directly without the need for any other devices.
Macy’s is recalling a bout 121,000 Martha Stewart Collection 10-piece stainless steel cookware sets.
The metal discs that cover the frying pan’s rivets can pop off and hit consumers, posing an injury hazard.
The firm has received seven reports of the metal discs popping off the frying pans, including three minor injuries, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Injuries include bruises, burns, and welts.
Black Friday, possibly the largest shopping day of the year, is known for big savings and huge crowds.
The number of consumers shopping on Black Friday in 2015 may be up from last year, with 55 percent of consumers planning to look for Black Friday deals compared to 53 percent in 2014, a recent survey from Offers.com shows.
In the 1970s, I remember writing about new labels that were being proposed which would tell consumers how much energy an appliance would use in a year and what the cost would be. It was a revolutionary step for consumer information.
Now, energy labeling efforts have expanded to include many more items, even buildings.
Today, Oct. 27, is Energy Star Day. It’s a way for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its partners, as well as individuals across the country, to celebrate what has been accomplished through the Change the World, Start with Energy Star campaign.
In June, two environmental health scientists published a review of PFOA research that found that levels in many water systems are “at least two orders of magnitude” higher than what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises is safe.
PetSmart Inc. is recalling about 112,200 Top Fin plastic aquarium heaters in the United States and about 4,800 in Canada.
About 33,000 heaters were previously recalled in August 2014.
An electrical problem with the aquarium heaters poses a risk of fire or electrical shock to the consumer, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The firm has received 13 reports of incidents, including four reports of minor shock, seven reports of the water tanks overheating, and one report of property damage from an electrical shortage resulting in fire.
This recall involves all 50-, 100-, 150-, 200-, and 250-watt Top Fin brand plastic aquarium heaters sold between August 2014 and April 2015 with model numbers: HT50, HT100, HT150, HT200, or HT250.