Maximizing fuel economy: The Good, the Bad, and the Mythical

    When it comes to saving fuel, everyone could use extra help . Here are some tips on what to do, what to avoid, and what is flat out false when it comes to saving money on gas in your car. Compiling tips and tricks from the Federal Trade Commission, The Department of Energy […]

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Posted by Marc Priester on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Getting your hands on back-to-school medical records is getting a little easier

Third in a blog series on health IT. The last thing you want to do with your precious summer hours is sit waiting on hold or in a doctor’s office trying to get access to basic medical records. Wouldn’t it be great if you could instantly get access to your kid’s vaccination and health care […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 | No Comments »

Robocall Roundup: What You Need to Know About Robocalls

You know the drill – you’re relaxing on the couch, or eating dinner with your family, when the phone rings. “Hello?” you answer. But instead of the start of a conversation, you just hear another annoying pre-recorded sales pitch. You’re not alone. Robocalls continue to be one of the top complaints for consumers at both the Federal Communications […]

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Posted by Katherine McAnallen on Friday, August 8th, 2014 | 3 Comments »

What can YOU do about climate change?

Cool California has a cool new app for helping you save energy, reduce your carbon footprint and check out incentives and rebates for lower carbon living.  Check it out here. The website has a handy tool for saving money, too, including tips to save water and energy, reduce waste and green your ride.  

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

Is Your State or City Among the Cleanest in the Nation?

Clean Edge has released the results for its Clean Energy Leadership Index, comparing which states and major cities are leading the way in terms of clean energy technology usage. Out of all the states, California was ranked first among all states by a “wide margin” according to the report. State performance was evaluated on the basis […]

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Posted by Marc Priester on Monday, August 4th, 2014 | No Comments »

Big Oil Pays 11.7 percent tax rate

ExxonMobil’s Headquarters in Houston, TX The tax code lists that companies are to pay 35% taxes on their income to the federal government. But according to a new report by Americans United for Change, how much of that tax rate the largest oil companies pay is significantly lower. According to the report, the top 20 […]

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Posted by Marc Priester on Monday, August 4th, 2014 | 3 Comments »

Your check might not be in the mail…and that’s a good thing

Insurance companies have drastically lowered consumer rebates in just three years, you may be confused as to why this is a good thing. First a little refresher, all of these rebates are the result of an Obamacare program commonly called the 80/20 rule.  In brief, the rule is designed to make sure insurers spend their […]

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Posted by Blake Hutson on Friday, August 1st, 2014 | No Comments »

Using health IT to improve access to information, receive better care

Second in a blog series on health IT. Most of us grew up with a health care system centered on those precious moments you get to spend one-on-one with your doctor. Forget to ask a question and you feel like you have to wait for the next visit. In this digital age, communication with our […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Friday, July 25th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Let the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continue to do its job

On July 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will mark its fourth anniversary. The consumer financial watchdog, created by Congress in the wake of the financial crisis caused by shady mortgage lenders and Wall Street abuses, has done a lot for consumers in just a few years, having tackled important issues such as credit cards, mortgages, […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

How do energy costs in your state compare to other states?

1 = lowest cost; 51 = highest cost green = low cost; red = highest cost Energy costs can spike in the summer time, when many people would probably rather sit inside and crank up the A/C. But for some states, that cost is significantly higher than others. Wallet Hub decided to compile data from […]

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Posted by Marc Priester on Monday, July 21st, 2014 | No Comments »

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