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2013-09-30 23:33:11

In its latest issue, Consumer Reports says what savvy homeowners already know: "Watch out for: Fly-by-night companies-'blow and go' is the industry term-who charge a hefty fee for an audit, promise major upgrades, then disappear. Choose a contractor certified by the Building Performance Institute." Malta, New York (PRWEB) September 30, 2013 In its latest issue, Consumer Reports says what savvy homeowners already know: "Watch out for: Fly-by-night companies-'blow...

2013-09-26 08:24:15

Companion Report Highlights Benefits, Disadvantages and Loopholes for a Wide Range of Consumer Situations YONKERS, N.Y., Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports, the nonprofit consumer service organization empowering consumers for more than 75 years, today announced the launch of HealthLawHelper.org, an innovative web-based tool that offers personalized guidance to help consumers better understand how they may be affected by the Affordable Care Act. The centerpiece of the Affordable...

2013-09-26 08:23:57

Analysis Found Expensive Care Doesn't Mean Better Care YONKERS, N.Y., Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the fourth year in a row, Consumer Reports published rankings of hundreds of health insurance plans across the United States to help consumers determine which ones may be best for them. This marks the first time the organization took additional steps to identify plans that both provide high-quality care and avoid costly care. The full report is available in the...

2013-09-17 08:21:15

Showdown between the Silverado 1500 & Ram 1500 was neck-and-neck YONKERS, N.Y., Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a heavy-metal duel between two top pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500's "Excellent" road-test score makes it Consumer Reports' top-rated truck. But testers point out that the second-place Ram 1500 may be a better daily driver. Each model won skirmishes along the way, and they finished one-two in a competitive pickup truck category-- separated by...

2013-09-12 16:29:28

Cartridge World offers simple tips for affordable printing SPRING GROVE, Ill., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of a Consumer Reports study that found many printers waste ink on non-printing functions, Cartridge World is offering five simple solutions to help consumers and businesses lower their cost to print. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130808/CG59919LOGO-b) 1. Buy efficient printer models. Consumer Reports found that "plenty of [inkjet] models delivered...

2013-09-12 08:24:59

Lower-Income Households Continue to Wait for signs of Improving Economy YONKERS, N.Y., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Consumer Reports Index, an overall measure of Americans' personal financial health, found that Americans reported a sharp rise in financial difficulties and a weaker view of their overall financial health in the past 30 days. The Consumer Reports Index's trouble tracker climbed to 46.0 in August from 34.7 the prior month. This significant rise was...

2013-09-10 08:24:11

How to score apparel, accessories, and more at the best prices; plus, bargain hot spots YONKERS, N.Y., Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shoppers are bound to get a good deal at a discount store, but having a strategy can save them even more. The October 2013 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, shares secrets for getting the best deals on clothing, accessories and more at Kohl's, JCPenney, H&M, Target, T.J.Maxx and Marshalls and reveals six bargain hot spots and the best...

2013-09-05 08:21:13

Tips that will make vehicles shine inside and out; plus, the best cleaning tools YONKERS, N.Y., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Summer road trips can be taxing on a vehicle's interior - cup holders and crevices are likely soiled with dust and dirt. The September 2013 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, identifies five ways consumers can give their car a makeover without spending a fortune and the best tools for making it shine. "Regular cleaning and maintenance can go a long...

2013-08-29 08:22:16

Top-rated detergents performed well in hard-water tests, resisting buildup of white film residue and removing baked-on foods YONKERS, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Cascade Complete ActionPacs leads the pack in Consumer Reports' new Ratings of 35 dishwasher detergent tablets, packs, powders and gels, but rival brand Finish took three of the four top spots with its Finish Powerball Tabs, Finish Gelpacs and Finish Quantum Powerball Capsules. The full report on dishwasher...

2013-08-22 08:21:31

Plus, a room-by-room guide to choosing the best LEDs and more YONKERS, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Simply screwing in one of Consumer Reports' top-rated LED lightbulbs could save consumers about $125 in electricity over the bulb's life. January 1, 2014 marks the date when most screw-in incandescent light bulbs will be phased out because they use too much energy. Standard 60- and 40-watt bulbs are the last to be phased out, though remaining stock can be sold. Seventy-five-...