Retire the clunker?

By Elisa Wood January 15, 2009 What would it take to convince you to get rid of your gas-guzzling old clunker? Would $5,500 do? Some members of Congress think this is the magic figure. Under a bill introduced in the House and Senate today, Uncle Sam would give you a credit of up to $5,500 to scrap your old car. You could spend the credit on a … [Read more...]

Front-load washers: Leaky solar panels revisited?

By Elisa Wood December 11, 2008 Some days I’d like to throw my front-load clothes washer out the back door. But that probably won’t be necessary because it may walk out on its own. The LG product shakes and rattles so much in the spin cycle that it ‘walks’ several inches across the floor each day. One guest to my kitchen thought we were … [Read more...]

Mr. Pickens, What About Plug-In Hybrids?

By Elisa Wood July 17, 2008 T. Boone Pickens deserves kudos for his attention-grabbing television campaign aimed at helping America kick the oil habit. The billionaire energy fund manager can stop the most dedicated channel surfer mid-click when he proclaims that our spending on foreign oil could soon become the largest transfer of wealth in human … [Read more...]