These days, you’re probably hearing a lot of buzz about home automation systems that allow homeowners to remotely access and control things, like heating, air conditioning, and even some kitchen appliances, using a smartphone. Here’s a look at the different systems in the market, and a peek at what may be coming next.
If you've thought about doing some DIY home improvements in an effort to save money or just want to learn a new skill, it's important to know when it's okay to go it alone and when to hire a pro. In this month's installment of this ongoing feature, we look at installing an outdoor motion-sensor security light.
Doing dishes is a chore that no one looks forward to. No wonder so many people rely on their dishwashers. In recent years, as more people have become concerned about the environmental impact of their household activities, they’ve begun to ask: Is it more “green” to run the dishwasher or to wash dishes by hand? And is there any way to make washing dishes more efficient?
Energy-efficient appliances can help you reduce your home’s environmental impact and reduce your monthly energy bill. Since your refrigerator runs 24/7, it’s one of the biggest contributors to energy usage in most homes. But did you know that the way you pack and arrange the items in your freezer can have a direct impact on its efficiency? Here are some tips to help you save some cold hard cash by getting the most from your freezer.
Frozen pipes are more than a nuisance. A frozen pipe can burst and lead to water damage, leaving you without water until it’s repaired. Even if you live in a normally warm climate, one unusually cold night can lead to disaster if you’re not prepared. Here’s how you can keep the water flowing safely in your home.