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ParkMobile Rate To Increase; New Way To Save Electricity

DC—The transaction fee for using ParkMobile is going to go up this Monday from $0.32 to $0.45. Customers can get around that by using the Parkmobile Wallet app which will only charge $.30. See an explanation for the raise in rates and how to get Parkmobile Wallet after the break. [CurbedInbox]

DC—A new way to save money on electronics launched today in conjunction with Ace Hardware. Savenia Labs has figured out how to calculate the total cost of all the gadgets in the average house. There are free in-store displays in five local Ace Hardwares to help consumers lower their energy usage, plus a coupon for discounts on electronics that have been rated by Savenia. More info about how it works in this video clip or stop by the Ace in Takoma Park, Tenleytown, Glover Park, Logan Circle or 5th Street. [CurbedInbox]

Pay By Phone Parking Vendor Offers New Option to Offset Transaction Fee Increase

Customers Who Sign Up For "Wallet" Will Pay Less Than Current Fee

(Washington, DC) Parkmobile, the vendor that provides pay by phone parking service in the District of Columbia, has informed its customers that the transaction fee in DC will increase from $0.32 to $0.45 beginning on October 29. The higher transaction fee is due to increased costs triggered by recent federal legislative reform enacted by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act's Durbin Amendment.

To help offset this increase Parkmobile has developed the Parkmobile Wallet which will give customers a more cost-effective option to pay for parking. Wallet transactions will carry a $.30 transaction fee, which is lower than the current fee charged in the District.

Current Customers can update their payment method to the Parkmobile Wallet via the Personal Pages at or from a mobile app (if using iPhone or Android).

For more information please visit parkmobile's website at and click on the Parkmobile Wallet link.

More than 400,000 customers have used pay by phone parking in the District, with more than 4.5 million transactions, since the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Parkmobile launched the service in July 2011.