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New survey finds many households can use electric vehicles

4 out of 10 households can switch with little or no change to driving habits

Consumers Union urges EPA to act quickly on Tier 3 rule

Cleaner gasoline and vehicles are within reach, but every year they are delayed

CU applauds multi-state effort to put millions of zero emission vehicles on the road

The governors of eight states announced an innovative new push to reduce vehicle emissions and advance the presence of zero emission vehicles

Consumer protection bill headed to Governor’s desk

Bill cracks down on gas price manipulation, increases transparency

Consumers Union applauds new fuel economy labels for used vehicles

Monthly gasoline costs can be higher than car payments, especially for used cars

Senate confirms McCarthy as EPA Administrator

he EPA has tremendous responsibility to protect public health

CU statement on President Obama’s climate change action plan

The proposal addresses climate change through three paths, including efforts to reduce the nation’s carbon emissions, prepare the country for impacts of climate change, and spearhead international efforts on the issue.

Consumer Reports hosts forum on fuel economy, latest advances in fuel-efficient cars and trucks

New fuel-efficient vehicles from domestic and foreign automakers showcased

CU highlights benefits and savings from cleaner emissions at EPA field hearing

The proposed standards would ultimately benefit both owners of existing cars as well as new cars.

EPA releases plan for cleaner emissions

The new standards aim to improve air quality by curbing the sulfur content of gasoline and setting new tailpipe standards

CU: New Report Highlights the Consumer Benefits of Fuel Efficiency

Report gives further evidence that the ones really benefiting from gas sales are the oil companies

Consumers Union praises new EPA standards for soot pollution

The rules seek to reduce the emission of fine particles linked to strokes, heart attacks & premature deaths

Final Fuel Economy Standards Will Help Consumers Save at the Pump

News Release Consumers Union – Policy and Advocacy Division of Consumer Reports For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Contact: Kara Kelber, kkelber@consumer.org, 202-462-6262 Final Fuel Economy Standards Will Help Consumers Save at the Pump WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the final details of new Continue Reading

Consumers Keen on Energy Codes, According to Survey by Bentley University Students

Students from Bentley University used Consumers Union’s energy code survey questions for a survey of the Northeast. Their results closely match ours, showing again that the public wants energy efficient homes!

CONSUMER REPORTS SURVEY: AMERICANS SAY FUEL ECONOMY MOST IMPORTANT CAR BUYING FACTOR

Nearly three-quarters of drivers would consider an alternative fuel vehicle for their next car  May 22, 2012 YONKERS, NY — With fuel prices at near record levels, consumers are driving less and contemplating a move to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, according to recent survey by Consumer Reports. The survey found that 37 percent said their leading consideration Continue Reading

CU: New fuel standards would save consumers thousands in gasoline costs

In a recent CR survey, consumers demonstrated strong support for fuel efficiency standards

States Hear Consumer Call for Cost-Cutting Energy Efficiency Standards

More states across the country are using energy codes to save their residents money, improve homes and buildings, and protect the environment. Support has grown from Maryland, which just adopted a more stringent energy code, to Texas, which this month will adopt a statewide code that should cut the energy consumption of new single-family homes Continue Reading

Consumer Guide to New Light Bulb Choices Resulting From Law Taking Effect January 1st

New Products Can Cut Lighting Portion of Energy Bills by 30% But Consumers Need to Understand What to Buy  Washington, D.C.—Today, the Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union are releasing a simple guide to help consumers understand the new lighting choices they will have under the new light bulb law taking effect January 1, Continue Reading

Lighting Efficiency Standards in the Balance

Congress is likely to decide today or tomorrow whether to gut new lighting efficiency standards scheduled to take place January 1.  Along with other consumer groups, we’ve asked Congress to preserve the standards and help consumers tame their utility bills.  See our letter, press release, and fact sheet for additional information.  The standards have helped usher in a new Continue Reading

Consumers Union Urges Michigan Lawmakers to Oppose Proposal to Weaken State Building Codes

Consumers Union Urges Michigan Lawmakers to Oppose Proposal to Weaken State Building Codes As the Michigan House of Representatives prepares to vote on a bill that would weaken Michigan’s building codes and energy efficiency efforts, Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, is calling on state lawmakers to stand up for consumers Continue Reading

CU: Fuel Standards Will Save Consumers Money at the Gas Pump

November 16, 2011 Consumers Union: Fuel Standards Will Save Consumers Money at the Gas Pump Consumer Reports National Poll Shows Strong Support for Better Fuel Standards WASHINGTON — The White House today formally announced the details of its proposed fuel economy rules for cars and light-duty trucks. Under the rules new vehicles would need to Continue Reading

CR survey: Californians calling for cleaner cars

Tuesday, November 15, 2011   Consumer Reports Survey: Californians Calling for Cleaner Cars   A new Consumer Reports survey found wide consumer support in California for state efforts to reduce vehicle emissions and increase the availability of clean cars and zero emission vehicles. Eighty-one percent of respondents agreed that the state should require all automakers Continue Reading

Consumers Union Hosts Energy Efficiency Home Tour in Cleveland

Efficiency Checklist Can Help Ohioans Save Hundreds of Dollars Cleveland, Ohio – As temperatures start to drop, so can your electric bills, all while keeping your home comfortable for every season. On Friday, October 21st, join Consumers Union, the public policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports and Environmental Health Watch to learn how Ohio Continue Reading

Consumers Union Hosts Energy Efficiency Home Tour in Toledo

Efficiency Checklist Can Help Ohioans Save Hundreds of Dollars Toledo, Ohio – As temperatures start to drop, so can your electric bills, all while keeping your home comfortable for every season. On Thursday, October 20th, join Consumers Union, the public policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, and Enersol to learn how Ohio homeowners can Continue Reading

Consumers Union Brings Energy Efficiency Campaign to Columbus Wednesday

Columbus, OH – Consumers Union, the public policy division of Consumer Reports, will bring its campaign to improve energy codes for new homes to Columbus on Wednesday, October 19th. Stacy Weisfeld, Ohio native and Energy Code Campaign Organizer for Consumers Union, will speak in favor of a proposal to improve Ohio’s energy code at a Continue Reading

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