http://consumerist.com/2009/08/11/chevy-volt-will-get/

Chevy Volt Will Get 230 mpg In The City GM claims more than 100 mpg overall for the Volt, with a city fuel economy rating of 230 mpg based on proposed EPA methodology for labeling plug-in vehicles. [Consumer Reports]

Here's A Cheap Way To Install Solar Panels On Your House

Here's A Cheap Way To Install Solar Panels On Your House

Cool Tools has an interesting suggestion for home owners who want to incorporate solar technology, but can’t afford the steep investment costs: let the solar panel company finance it for you. The trade-off is you won’t save as much money as you would if you paid for them outright, but you will save some money, and the company that’s paying for the panels has a financial incentive to keep them working properly over the course of the agreement.

How To Get Utilities And Phone Service Without Giving Up Your SSN

How To Get Utilities And Phone Service Without Giving Up Your SSN

As several readers discussed in yesterday’s post, utility, phone, and cable companies usually require your Social Security number in order to perform a credit check before activating service. You don’t have to provide it, but they don’t have to extend their services to you either. Here’s one reader’s explanation of how he was able to turn on water, electricity, gas, and an AT&T land line without turning over his SSN.

Illinois Electric Bills Skyrocket Up To 170%

Illinois Electric Bills Skyrocket Up To 170%

When Illinois’ 10-year price freeze ended January 1st, people were told to expect an increase of around 22-55%, according to BusinessWeek. Now the legislature is looking into why some Amren customers are paying on average up to 170% more than before the price freeze melted:

HOWTO: Dispute a Utility Bill

HOWTO: Dispute a Utility Bill

While it doesn’t compare to Michelle’s $27,933.55 bill, last year we received what can only be called a totally bullshit $170 electric bill for a month when everyone was out of town. The problem was–we had no idea how to dispute it. Call in our Uncle Mickey? Scream colorful metaphors into the telephone?