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How to Improve Your Gas Mileage (and How Not To)

Written by Nickel - 21 Comments

With gas prices on the rise, I thought I’d highlight an article I found on Consumer Reports about ways to save on gas… and ways not to. Given the results of my latest experiment on improving gas mileage, I can vouch for pretty much all of these. 1. Drive at a moderate speed. Keeping a […]

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Published on December 30th, 2016
Modified on December 31st, 2016 - 21 Comments
Filed under: Automotive,Energy,Frugality
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How long will oil prices stay low — and what should you do?

Written by William Cowie - 8 Comments

image: wikimedia commons If you are old enough, you will remember 1973, when OPEC caused the price of oil to quadruple. (If you’re too young, simply Google “1973 oil crisis images” to see an endless parade of people stranded at gas stations with hand-written signs like the one in the picture.) That crisis changed life […]

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Why lower gas prices are fleeting

Written by William Cowie - 3 Comments

If you didn’t hear it on the news, you probably noticed it the last time you filled up your car: gasoline prices have been dropping lately after holding fairly steady for a year or so, following world oil prices. After clicking your heels at the gas station when nobody was looking, you probably got in […]

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Published on November 12th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Energy
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What’s Your Clean Energy Future?

Written by William Cowie - Leave a Comment

Do you think it’s a good idea to get away from fossil fuels for our energy needs? If so, you’d be one of millions. Fact is, we are totally dependent on energy for our daily lives, especially electricity. (You can’t read this post without electric power, for example.) Where Does Power Come From? Most electricity, […]

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Published on June 25th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Energy,Real Estate,Taxes
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Passive solar homes: the basics

Written by ecannon - 3 Comments

This post is written by Krissy Schwab and comes from our partner site QuickenLoans.com. At one point you’ve probably driven through a neighborhood and seen a house covered with solar panels on the roof. This type of home, known as an active solar home, simply has the addition of solar panels to the already existing structure. However, some […]

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Published on April 26th, 2013
Modified on May 29th, 2013 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Energy,House & Home
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Gas Prices, Revisited

Written by Nickel - 4 Comments

Today is Memorial Day. In addition to be an important American holiday, Memorial Day also marks the traditional start of the summer driving season in the United States. I thus thought it would be worth taking another look at gas prices. While gas prices usually jump over Memorial Day weekend and then continue increasing into […]

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Published on May 28th, 2012
Modified on June 10th, 2012 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Automotive,Energy
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Is it Time to Switch to LED Lightbulbs?

Written by Nickel - 27 Comments

A little over five years ago, I replaced all of the lightbulbs in our house with CFLs. At the time, CFL prices had finally come down to the point of affordability and the technology improved to the point where we could find (with some searching) bulbs with decent light quality and minimal warmup time. With […]

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Published on April 25th, 2012
Modified on April 27th, 2012 - 27 Comments
Filed under: Energy,Frugality
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How High Will Gas Prices Go?

Written by Nickel - 11 Comments

It’s still early April and the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is just shy of $4/gallon — up $0.17/gallon from a month ago. This begs the question… Once the summer driving season hits, how high will gas prices go? For the record, as I write this, the lowest reported price in […]

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Published on April 6th, 2012
Modified on April 15th, 2012 - 11 Comments
Filed under: Automotive,Economy,Energy
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How to Save Money on Gas

Written by Hank Coleman - 13 Comments

With summer in full swing and the price of oil hovering near $90-100 per barrel, everyone is feeling the pinch at the gas pump. High fuel costs affects us every summer, and this one is turning out to be no different. Except this year, the high cost of filling up our gas tanks has been […]

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Published on August 18th, 2011
Modified on December 5th, 2013 - 13 Comments
Filed under: Automotive,Energy,Frugality
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Seven Ways to Slash Your Electric Bill

Written by Ed Avis - 20 Comments

Ouch, that electric bill is gonna hurt this month! With temperatures soaring across the United States, power consumption has been soaring right along with it. Of course you’ve already turned up your thermostat and screwed in the CFLs, so here are some slightly different tips to trim the power bill. Get your hands wet. Wash […]

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Published on August 16th, 2011
Modified on August 21st, 2011 - 20 Comments
Filed under: Energy,Frugality
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