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Alternative Energy Ratings in Oct. Consumer Reports.

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Posted by vaughn on August 27, 2009, 8:47 pm

We just got this month's CR, and I was surprised to find some useful ratings
for alternative energy-related stuff.  They have limited ratings on solar
hot water systems and pellet stoves, and a very detailed rating article on
CFL lamps.  They promise a more detailed rating article on the solar hot
water systems after they test through next winter.

The top two rated pellet stoves (Harmon & Napoleon) ended up with very
similar scores (87 vs. 85) yet one costs $,550 more than the other.  Good
information if you are in the market for one!  Another (Lopi) is rated
"don't buy" because it frequently jammed unless used with specific sized

The lamp review is broken down into several types of lamps.  I was surprised
to see Home Depot's house brand "EcoSmart" on the top of the list for spiral


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