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Kitchen companions

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Posted on May 01, 2017 in Smart Choices

By Jayne Cannon Whether you love to cook, hate to cook or just have to cook, your life in the kitchen is easier when you find the right tools. RISE ’N’ SHINE HIGH-TECH TOAST Burning your bagel is not a good way to start the day. The Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless Toaster lets you… Continue reading.

Keep yourself in hot water

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Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Energy Advice, Energy Now

Today’s electric tank water heaters are all well insulated to keep the water that we’ve paid to heat stay hot until it’s needed. But with just a little bit of knowledge, there are things we can do as homeowners to keep them operating efficiently long beyond the life of their warranty. Here are things I… Continue reading.

On the road again

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Posted on Apr 01, 2017 in Energy Now, Smart Choices

By Diane Veto Parham Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to leave all the comforts of home. Take some with you to make the trip more pleasant. DRIVE TIME Captivating audiences How do you keep peace among the tykes in the backseat during long road trips in primitive vehicles lacking the modern necessity… Continue reading.

Save energy with landscaping

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Posted on Mar 01, 2017 in Energy Advice, Energy Now

By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless Late winter and early spring are great times to think about changes to your home’s landscape. While the goal of most lawn and garden projects is to bring beauty to your outdoor space, a well-designed project can also save energy, increase the overall value of your home and provide… Continue reading.

Yard of the month

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Posted on Mar 01, 2017 in Energy Now, Smart Choices

By Marc Rapport When spring has sprung and it’s time to spiff up the yard, make the work more fun with innovative, problem-solving products that enhance your outdoor time. LAWN PATROL DOUBLE PLAY With no cord and no gas, the electric-powered WORX String Trimmer and Wheeled Edger gives you the freedom to tackle tall grass… Continue reading.

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Make your office work for you

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Posted on Feb 01, 2017 in Energy Now, Smart Choices

By Marc Rapport The ideal office environment has a mix of gadgets for productivity, collaboration, comfort and even portability (for when the work goes on the road). OFFICE SPACE GO ERGO Say you really want to personalize your keyboard—which keys go where, what sound they make, how much pressure you use, whether it’s one piece… Continue reading.

Can energy apps save money?

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Posted on Feb 01, 2017 in Energy Advice, Energy Now

By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless Smartphone apps number like the stars these days, it seems. Some you might want to be aware of can help you determine how energy is used in your home and provide information that helps you choose efficiency upgrades that make the most sense for your home. Here are a… Continue reading.

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Conquer the cold

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Posted on Jan 03, 2017 in Energy Now, Smart Choices

By Marc Rapport When temperatures start dipping and nipping at fingers and toes — indoors or out — these gadgets can bring the heat when and where you need it. PERSONAL SPACE OUTDOOR BUDDY Take it fishing, take it camping, take it out to the workshop. Wherever you go, the portable and powerful Mr. Heater… Continue reading.

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Remodel your kitchen for efficiency

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Posted on Jan 03, 2017 in Energy Advice, Energy Now

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.

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Photo ops

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Posted on Nov 01, 2016 in Energy Now, Smart Choices

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.