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Calculate your PC's energy use

Microsoft's free Joulemeter utility gives you a rough estimate of a Windows system's power consumption. Plus: tips for reducing your electronics energy bill.

By April 15, 2014


LEDs, EnergyStar drive flat-screen TV efficiency

Driven by consumer demand and tech, TV industry significantly improves efficiency of flat screen TVs this decade, according to a CEA-sponsored analysis. But 3D TVs consume more power.

By February 3, 2011


It's the end of the light bulb as we know it

With new, stricter efficiency standards almost upon us, it's time to think differently about your lights. Here's why you should feel fine.

By September 20, 2013


Dishwasher buying guide

Everything you need to know about buying a dishwasher, all in one place.

By September 13, 2013


Washer buying guide

Everything you need to know before you buy your next washer, all in one place.

By September 12, 2013


Stove and oven buying guide

A comprehensive buying guide to make selecting that stove or oven a more pleasant and worry-free experience.

By September 12, 2013


Not all EnergyStar goods measure up, report finds

The Department of Energy says it's boosting enforcement of its energy-efficiency standards because some manufacturers are not fully complying.

By October 19, 2009


Got big power bills? Blame dumb electronics

Household electronics need to be designed to operate like battery-saving mobile devices to keep a lid on climbing energy use from the growing number of connected gadgets in the home.

By May 3, 2012


The skinny on gadgets' growing energy appetite

Energy use from the menagerie of consumer electronics -- PCs, iPad, DVRs, etc. -- has ballooned, a result of our always-on lifestyle. Better efficiency and powering down can help.

By April 22, 2012


Philips' pricey LED bulb has impressive specs

Company's L Prize LED bulb, which will go on sale on Earth Day for $50 online and in stores, brings a big jump in efficiency, life, and light quality.

By April 18, 2012