By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless My family is planning to remodel our kitchen in the coming months. We hope to incorporate energy efficient features to reduce our energy costs. What are some suggestions to increase our kitchen’s efficiency? Undertaking a remodeling project in any part of your home gives you the chance to make… Continue reading.
By Marc Rapport While there will probably always be a place for the traditional electric train set around the Christmas tree, here are some newer digital delights to make your holidays a little more techy for everyone on your gift list. PLAY AND LEARN Baby Talk Baby’s smartphone entertains the littlest device users with colorful… Continue reading.
By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless Now that winter is here, I’d like to make my home more comfortable by keeping cold air out. I’m planning to have a contractor inspect and seal air leaks. However, a neighbor mentioned that I could seal up my home too much and cause ventilation problems. Is this true?… Continue reading.
By Marc Rapport With gift-buying season upon us, the world of digital photography offers plenty of interesting gadgets to help the camera buffs on your list snap, record and share their favorite images. NEW TWISTS ON OLD CONCEPTS It’s a Snap Polaroid cameras were revolutionary, offering the instant gratification of photo prints right out of… Continue reading.
By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless I’m trying to make my home as energy efficient as possible. I recently installed a new heat pump and water heater, and increased the amount of insulation. A home energy audit found little air leakage. However, my energy bills still seem higher than they should be. Can you point… Continue reading.
By Ron Aiken Most babies born these days will live to see the arrival of the 22nd century. (That’s just 84 years away.) Give them a sneak peek of all the “star-techy” marvels they’ll be growing up with with some of the latest innovations in the baby-care market. EXTRA CARE High-Tech Peek-a-Boo Those early baby… Continue reading.
By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless My neighbor added more insulation to his attic this summer. How can I tell if adding more insulation in my attic would be a good idea, too? When your home is not properly sealed and insulated, cold air sneaks in and heat escapes, making your heating system work harder… Continue reading.
By Ron Aiken Wake up and smell the high-tech coffee in kitchens equipped with handy devices that make morning meal prep a little more interesting. FIRST THINGS FIRST GOURMET GRIND If you like your coffee just so, starting with perfectly ground beans, you’ll want your own grinder. Cuisinart’s DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill offers… Continue reading.
By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless I’m considering replacing my current heating system with a geothermal heat pump. It is comparatively pricey to other options. Would a geothermal heat pump be a good choice for me? Heating and cooling account for a large percentage of overall home energy use, so upgrading to a more efficient… Continue reading.
Tracking your steps, tracking your children, monitoring your banking activity or locating your parked car —these days, it seems like there is an app for everything. If you are efficiency-savvy and want to manage your energy use, there may be an app that works for you. While there are several energy use apps to choose… Continue reading.
By Ron Aiken From headphones to speakers to home-entertainment sound systems, technology has improved the quality of sound and the way we listen. Tune in to some of the latest sonic electronics. HOME THEATRICS Surround Me As televisions grow to the size of movie screens, the sound quality keeps pace, along with the pricing. The… Continue reading.
By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless I recently moved from a home with wall-mounted heaters to one with central heat and air, and a duct system. How can I ensure my ducts are working efficiently? Homes with central forced-air heating and cooling systems, like furnaces, central air conditioners and heat pumps, use air ducts to deliver the… Continue reading.