Archive for January, 2015

Use Space Heaters and Electric Blankets Safely

Use Space Heaters and Electric Blankets Safely

In winter many of us use space heaters or electric blankets to lower costs. These are a simple solution for the cold, but must be used properly to prevent fires (Harvard says space heaters case 25,000 home fires a year, and 6,000 emergency room visits). Safe Electricity offers these tips for safely using space heaters and electric blankets. Choose a product with a safety certification. Look for the UL, ETL,

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14 Winter Home Improvements that Save You Money

14 Winter Home Improvements that Save You Money

The polar vortex has descended with a vengeance on much of the U.S. this year, setting records for low temperatures and threatening to send utility bills skyrocketing. While you can’t do anything about the chilly weather, you can take steps to make your home more energy efficient and pay less for heating. To start, the U.S. Department of Energy has a do-it-yourself energy audit on its website, or you can

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7 Affordable New Gadgets That Reimagine the Everyday Home Appliance

7 Affordable New Gadgets That Reimagine the Everyday Home Appliance

Yahoo.com lists seven new products from Quirky, all under $100, and all packed with electronics that can help you control your home from your smartphone. The smart products include a sensor that can tell you whenever a door or window in your home has been opened or closed; a thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature in each room, based on the temperature in other rooms; and a gizmo that lets

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