New Apple iPad tops our tablet Ratings

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The high-resolution screen of the new iPad establishes a new benchmark in excellence, providing the best rendering of detail and color accuracy we’ve ever seen on a tablet display. As a result, the iPad tops our new tablet Ratings , posted today.

From the logbook: Chevrolet Volt

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Is the Chevrolet Volt the most significant car that General Motors has produced in the last 20 years? Has the automaker ever bet so heavily (or invested so much money – $1.5 billion) to bring a new design to market? Is the Volt the answer to high gas prices?

Energy efficiency standards will save consumers and businesses $1.1 trillion and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas pollution and other emissions by 2035, according to The Efficiency Boom: Cashing In on the Savings from Appliance Standards.

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Energy Star, the consumer product labeling program started in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency, has done much to raise awareness of energy efficiency in the U.S. But with some products, a kind of Lake Wobegon effect has set in over the years as the vast majority of models in a category have come to qualify for the above average distinction. Enter the Energy Star program’s Most Efficient label , which launched in pilot phase last year and is expanding to eight product categories in 2012

If you’re not headed to Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, then the next best thing is watching it on a big-screen HDTV .

As lightbulbs move from disposable to durable they’re turning up in some unexpected places.

This year put your house on an energy diet

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Just as many homeowners are coping with thinner wallets, bills for those holiday indulgences are coming due. Paying them may require a little belt-tightening. One way is to slim down your energy costs.

Tips for heating your home safely this winter

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A frigid air mass is sweeping across the U.S. Temperatures in the North and Northeast parts of the nation will dip below zero degrees. And even areas in southern Florida may drop to the chilly 20s

The phase-out of energy-wasting incandescent lightbulbs continues to ignite debate. In fact, the federal spending bill hurriedly passed by Congress this weekend includes a rider that strips the Department of Energy of funding to enforce the new energy-efficiency lightbulb standards that take effect January 1.