Connecticut Is Third Most Expensive State For Energy

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As if we didn’t know it: Connecticut residents have the third-highest energy costs in the country, according to recent survey by WalletHub.com. State residents have the nation’s second-highest monthly electricity costs ($143), the fourth-highest natural gas costs ($94) and rank No. 14 in gasoline costs ($167). The total monthly energy cost, $404, trails only Hawaii ($451) and Mississippi ($414).
The state uses more natural gas, per consumer, than every state except Alaska, Illinois and New York. Because of its size, it also consumes the third-lowest amount of gasoline, trailing only Hawaii and New York.

She Wants TSA To Pay For Missing Luggage Lock, Damage

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Napolitano Inspects New Advanced Imaging Technology Scanners At JFK Airport

This weekend’s Bottom Line column:

Lou Ann Naples of Old Saybrook, a frequent traveler, says she never checks her baggage at an airport without securing it with a Tumi lock recognized by the Transportation Security Administration.

When she picked up her luggage at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers after a flight that originated at Bradley International Airport, her Tumi suitcase arrived safely but the lock didn’t. Inside, she found some of her Easter-related items damaged and a TSA “notice of bag inspection” in her suitcase.

“This,” she says, “was not a nickel-and-dime lock. This was a $25 to $30 lock.”

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Mortgage Rates Down Slightly, Remain Near Historic Lows

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Mortgage rates dropped slightly in the past week, remaining near record lows, according to data released Thursday by Freddie Mac.
Thirty-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.13 nationally, down from 4.15 the previous week. Fifteen-year rates averaged 3.23 percent, down from 3.24 percent.
The numbers from New England:

This week:
30-year: 4.14 percent
15-year: 3.25 percent

Last week:
30-year: 4.14 percent
15-year: 3.24 percent

A year ago:
30-year: 4.40 percent
15-year: 3.44 percent

Review: A $7,000 Meridian Sound System In $147,000 Range Rover

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This week’s tech column, courtesy of Tribune Newspapers:

Of course this is a crazy daydream. I cannot possibly be romping through the Rubicon Trail in the world’s most luxurious SUV while listening to Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 through the world’s most exotic, standard-equipment car-audio system.

Of course it is. I am actually sitting in a flat-top East Coast parking lot under graying skies, mildly awe-struck, in the front passenger seat of a $146,895 Range Rover Autobiography LWB listening to Meridian Audio’s 29-speaker, 24-channel, 1,700-watt Signature Reference 3D sound system.

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No Love For eLove After Woman Pays Dating Service $7,000

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This weekend’s Bottom Line column:

At least one woman says the least likely place to meet a mate is a matchmaking service that charges as much as $10,000 to join.

Let’s call her Scarlet, which is not her real name but matches the color of her face soon after paying $6,995, plus tax, to eLove of Glastonbury in late 2011 for 33 referrals and a “priority matching” VIP plan.

When east-of-the-river Scarlet, 70, contacted The Bottom Line last fall, she had not received a referral in almost a year despite having been promised one every six weeks when she signed up. She wanted a refund.

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Mortgage Rates Hold Steady: 30-Year At 4.14 Percent Nationally

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Mortgage rates barely moved in the past week, with 30-year rates averaging 4.15 percent and 15-year rates averaging 3.24 percent nationally, according to data released Thursday morning by Freddie Mac.
A week ago, 30-year rates averaged 4.12 percent and 15-year rates averaged 3.22 percent.
The numbers from New England:

This week:
30-year: 4.14 percent
15-year: 3.24 percent

Last week:
30-year: 4.12 percent
15-year: 3.22 percent

A year ago:
30-year: 4.51 percent
15-year: 3.54 percent

Can Yonanas Make Frozen Fruit Taste Like Soft-Serve?

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This week’s tech column, relatively low-tech this time, courtesy of Tribune Newspapers:

The Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker earns hosannas from youthful dessert eaters, yet the alpha male isn’t convinced this machine can turn slightly thawed fruit into a healthful treat that looks and tastes like soft-serve ice cream.

So, kids, it’s your Yonanas machine against the alpha male’s Ninja Master Prep Professional blender. Scared already? It’s the $49.99 Yonanas, a too-sweet, make-me-gag reference to your machine’s almost-mandatory ingredient (bananas), against the mighty Ninja, a $69.99 overachiever that tied the $450 Vitamix 5200 as best blender in Consumer Reports’ ratings.


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Rocky Hill Spa Closes: What About My Gift Card?

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Today’s Bottom Line column:

Q: “My daughter gave me a birthday gift card worth $50 to a spa on the Silas Deane Highway in Rocky Hill. Several weeks ago, I tried calling to schedule an appointment and the phone was no longer in service. When I drove to the spa, the building space was empty. There is no forwarding address or phone. Do I have any course of action?”

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