Check for Recalls online: To provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create www.recalls.gov, a ‘one-stop-shop’ for U.S. Government Recalls.
How Much Does it Cost You to Drive? AAA has published driving costs since 1950 (that year driving a car 10,000 miles cost $0.09 per mile and gas cost $0.27 a gallon). The most current in-depth explanation helps you understand what it costs to drive your car.
Agency Reporting of Gifts, Bequests and Grants: Reports from state agencies on gifts, bequests and grants they receive from private or other government sources can be viewed at the web site for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, this includes gifts the Governor receives on behalf of the state.
Obtaining your Credit Report: It’s a good idea to periodically check your credit report to spot errors or fraud. The official site to obtain your free credit report is www.annualcreditreport.com. There are three main credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
Cost of Gasoline: There is a web site that helps visitors find the lowest gasoline prices in an area after typing in a specific zip code. GasBuddy is a portal to over 170 local or state sites that track what stations in each community are charging.
Appliance Help: If you’re in the market for new home appliances and enjoy research before purchase, you might want to visit www.appliance411.com which they claim provides “unbiased, helpful tips about home appliances.”
Life Expectancy Calculator: Ever wondered how your lifestyle habits and family history affect your longevity? The non-profit Alliance for Aging Research has a Life Expectancy Calculator based on centenarian studies and other medical research.
Iowa Hospital Association (IHA): Iowa hospitals and health systems have taken a major step toward transparency. IHA has developed a public website, Iowa Hospital Charges Compare, that allows health care consumers to receive basic information about inpatient and ambulatory services and charges at Iowa hospitals.