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Green product watch: new electric cars, best CFLs, low-cost heaters 10/10
(This article is adapted from the October 2010 Consumer Reports magazine.)

New electric cars: should you plug-in?

The first electric cars to come from major automakers are the much-publicized Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, each expected to go on sale in selected areas by the end of this year. If you're considering one for your next vehicle, Consumer Reports experts have identified some important factors to consider before you plug-in. Read about four questions you should ask.

Best Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Consumer Reports latest tests found that there's no shortage of inexpensive, money-saving, energy-efficient CFLs. Most delivered on brightness and many provided color that was closer to incandescents' than earlier versions. And all of the tested bulbs had significantly less than 5 milligrams of mercury, the cap that Energy Star sets for those bulbs. Still, CFLs should be recycled. To find the best choices for lamps, ceiling fixtures, recessed or track lights, and outdoor lights, see eleven top-rated CFLs.

Low-cost space heaters for quick comfort

Electric space heaters are the best-selling type of room heater, but even manufacturers admit that they won't trim your utility bills on their own. Kerosene and propane heaters can cost less to run, but they pose added safety risks. The five electric heaters that top Consumer Reports ratings all were very good for safety, temperature, noise and ease of use. Plus several models cost less than $100. Find the recommended heaters.

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