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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
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Thursday, April 18 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-04-18 21:52:41 GMT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – We all have things that we leave plugged in all the time. We turn them off when not in use, but some still pull electricity. It's called phantom power and you pay for it on your electricity bill.
Using a device called a "Kill A Watt" we can measure how much currency is pulled through a plug and what it costs.
In the kitchen, the toasters are always plugged in and when they're off, they use no power. When the coffee pot's not brewing morning Joe, its clock is always on. That'll cost me 3 cents a week or $1.75 a year. We use the microwave maybe two minutes a day, but the constant "on" will cost 6 cents a day or $3.50 a year.
This console holds a TV, DVD player, cable box and stereo. The TV costs more than $10 a year to leave it plugged in. The cable box, $14. But the worst offender is the stereo. I'm paying $20 a year for something that gets used once a week. The DVD player was the only component that didn't pull power when not in use.
If this lamp was on all year, it would use $46 worth of power, but turn it off and it's truly off.
I never turn my computer off, but I might start after looking at these numbers. Every week I spend $2.58 powering a computer I use for a fraction of that time. Over a year, that adds up to a whopping $141.
If you want to reduce your power bill, put all of your components on power strips and place the strips in a location that is easily accessible.