Friday, May 10 2013 5:45 PM EDT2013-05-10 21:45:06 GMT
The battle of generic verses brand name goes on! Today, we're testing tuna to find out which can has the best value. There's a lot of competition in world of canned tuna. I found three name brands - BumbleMore >>
The battle of generic verses brand name goes on! Today, we're testing tuna to find out which can has the best value.More >>
Friday, May 3 2013 5:27 PM EDT2013-05-03 21:27:16 GMT
NBC12 is on your side, helping you score the best deals on groceries. Last week, it was peaches. This week - green beans. I bought six different brands of green beans. Del Monte and Green Giant are nameMore >>
NBC12 is on your side, helping you score the best deals on groceries. Last week, it was peaches. This week - green beans.More >>
Thursday, May 2 2013 5:39 PM EDT2013-05-02 21:39:15 GMT
Summer heat could hit any day, so now's the time to figure out how you can cut costs on your power bill. Here is a list of the top five things in your house that are sucking dollars out of your wallet. 1.More >>
Summer heat could hit any day, so now's the time to figure out how you can cut costs on your power bill. Here is a list of the top five things in your house that are sucking dollars out of your wallet.More >>
Friday, April 26 2013 5:20 PM EDT2013-04-26 21:20:06 GMT
NBC12 goes the distance to find the real difference between name brand and generic products. Every time you're in the grocery store, you have to choose: buy the name brand and pay more or save with theMore >>
Every time you're in the grocery store, you have to choose: buy the name brand and pay more or save with the generic.More >>
Thursday, April 18 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-04-18 21:52:41 GMT
Kevin Cutlip grows anything he wants to eat. Last month he showed you how to grow a seed in dryer lint. A month later, they have sprouted. He showed us the replanted celery base: "It's actually startingMore >>
Last month NBC12's Diva of Discounts dug up how to start a cheap garden indoors. Now it's time for outdoor planting. She's back with more tricks of the trade that will hardly cost you a thing.More >>
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Columbia Gas created the warm wise program to help lower your bill. The utility will send you a box filled with low flow shower nozzles, sink aerators and insulating wraps for your hot water tank.
"We believe people should use what they need, conserve, be efficient in their use and these are some ways we can help encourage them," said Bob Innes with Columbia Gas.
"Customers are not only getting the bulbs at a discounted price, but then when they use them every day in their home, they are decreasing their electricity use as well," Energy Conservation Program Manager Liz Thomson said.
CFL's save an average of $69 over their lifetime. Cheaper bulbs can be found at Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco, Lowes, BJ's and Ace Hardware.
Then there's "smart cooling rewards". Dominion will install a switch on your a/c unit or heat pump that limits the output to 50% in peak usage periods.
"There's no cost to put the switch on the home and for participating, you get 40 dollars at the end of the season so were just sending out roughly 30,000 checks now," said Tom Jewell, Energy Conservation Program Manager.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative offers free energy audits. Energy experts will evaluate your home and provide a list of recommendations to help lower your utility bills. There's also a "do-it-yourself" audit on REC's website.
Virginia Natural Gas customers can request a free programmable thermostat or a $25 rebate if you buy your own. Following the manufacturer's guidelines could save you $180 a year.
If you want to participate in any of these programs, sign up on the utilities websites or give them a call. Copyright 2011 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.