Yellow book will save you some green Knowing you should take steps to save energy in your home is one thing. Doing it is another. Consumer Reports' new "Complete...

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Knowing you should take steps to save energy in your home is one thing. Doing it is another.

Consumer Reports’ new “Complete Guide to Reducing Energy Costs” ($15.96) can help you put your good intentions into action.

The book contains advice and instructions on such energy-saving measures as insulating, weatherstripping, choosing energy-efficient appliances and even saving on gas when you’re driving. Projects are illustrated generously with photos so you can see exactly what’s involved.

The bright yellow guide will be available at newsstands. To order a copy, go online to www.consumerreports.org and search for “bookstore.” Or call 800-500-9760.

Leave the bagging to the collector

All those colorful fall leaves aren’t so attractive when you have to rake and bag them.

Toro comes to the rescue, introducing its Universal Leaf Collector ($30), an attachment that allows you to directly deposit leaves into a container for easier disposal.

Simply attach the connector and 8-foot hose to any model blower/vac in vacuum mode. Then, attach the mesh top to your Toro Spring Bucket or any other leaf-collecting container. Power up the blower/vac and you’re bagging leaves. Available at www.amazon.com. For yard tips, go to www.yardcare.com.

Compiled from the Akron Beacon Journal and Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)