Aug. 12, 2014—The first dryers that use heat-pump technology are designed to save a lot of money on your energy bill, but we found that the high price of such dryers means that you’ll have to use it for as long as 19 years to realize any long-term financial savings.
Aug. 14, 2014—A mortgage company and its affiliate that lured consumers by advertising interest rates that were misleading agreed to pay a $19.3 million penalty to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Sept. 2, 2014—Research that was published in Annals of Internal Medicine finds that low-carbohydrate diets are more effective at helping people to lose weight and to diminish their risk of cardiovascular disease compared with low-fat diets.
Aug. 27, 2014—You no longer can book an American Airlines flight through travel website Orbitz and other websites that Orbitz owns. The carrier said it will remove its fares from the websites immediately and that US Airways will follow suit Sept. 1, 2014.
Aug. 26, 2014—A new report indicates that the use of electronic cigarettes among middle-school and high-school students in 2013 tripled since 2011, and, in a separate report, World Health Organization (WHO) today called for measures that would aim to keep e-cigarettes away from minors.
Aug. 18, 2014—The gasoline-powered Jet ($140) pushes air at 650 cubic feet per minute (cfm); none of the Consumers Digest Best Buy selections for leafblowers have an airflow rating that’s higher than 494 cfm.
Aug. 27, 2014—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took action against a debt-settlement payment processor that allegedly helped other companies to collect millions of dollars from consumers in the form of illegal upfront fees.