New UCS analysis: AB 32 can save drivers $3,000+ in fuel costs

Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a new study: Driving Progress, Fueling Savings: How California is Tackling Global Warming, Cutting Oil Use, and Saving Drivers Money that quantifies both the costs and savings associated with California’s AB 32 transportation policies and finds that, overall, California drivers will save money due to AB 32.   According to […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 | No Comments »


San Francisco Bay Area consumers: Help us stop elder financial abuse

Attention San Francisco Bay Area residents! We’re working to put an end to elder financial exploitation, and we need your help. What’s elder financial abuse? It’s when anyone, including a family member or friend, wrongfully uses the money or assets of someone over the age of 60. Scams, like the “grandparents” scam or the “sweepstakes” scam, often […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, September 26th, 2014 | No Comments »


California Charges Ahead by Expanding Access to Electric and High-Efficiency Vehicles

Earlier this week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills that will help more consumers benefit from the state’s clean vehicle programs.  This is good news for car owners who feel stuck with high gasoline bills and high emission vehicles and want lower operating costs and a cleaner ride. SB 1275 (De Leόn) Through its vehicle testing […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Friday, September 26th, 2014 | No Comments »


Victory: Ban on Dangerous Magnets Approved

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved a new rule endorsed by Consumers Union to ban dangerous magnets that have sent thousands of kids to the emergency room. CPSC commissioners voted on September 24 for a tough, new standard that will make these magnets safer, and it will prevent the sale of unsafe magnets that […]

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Posted by David Butler on Friday, September 26th, 2014 | 8 Comments »


A Winning Combination: Reducing Air Pollution AND Saving Money on Energy Bills

Electricity production generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States–nearly one third of total emissions.  The electricity and transportation sectors combined emit 60% of total emissions in the U.S.  We’re already seeing progress on the transportation: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued GHG emission […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 | 1 Comment »


A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place: Checking Your Electronic Health Records for Errors and Omissions

Fourth in a blog series on health IT. We’ve told you how electronic health records (EHRs) are improving your relationship with your doctors and making health care easier. But what if your records have errors? Critical for patients is having the right to request errors be corrected in medical records or to add information that […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | No Comments »


Outsmarting Thieves: Cutting Theft with a Smartphone Kill Switch  

Smartphone thefts are out of control.  According to San Francisco’s District Attorney, such theft is a major problem in big cities—over fifty percent of the robberies committed in San Francisco, for example, are of mobile devices. How to remedy this? If you want to outsmart a thief, you have to think like one.  How do […]

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Posted by Norma Garcia on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 | No Comments »


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 and from […]

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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 | 4 Comments »


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