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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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What Homeowners Don't Know about Energy Savings

July 7, 2015 12:21 am

According to a recent report, most homeowners participate in some kind of energy-saving activity at home, such as unplugging electronics when not in use, changing HVAC air filters and using a programmable thermostat. The report, conducted by HVAC provider Lennox, concludes that with these measures, homeowners score a ‘B’ in energy conservation. How can they do better?

“Saving energy does not have to be a daunting task,” says Lennox Energy Efficiency Expert Kyle Golden. “There are simple maintenance tasks and improvements homeowners can put into action around the house that can make a big impact on energy bills.”

One of the more common activities cited in the report is turning off the A/C system completely on hot days and the heating system on cold days. This can do more harm than good, explains Golden.

“While turning off your air conditioner system completely seems like an easy and effective way to conserve energy and save money during the summer, it is actually forcing the system to work overtime to get back to a comfortable temperature. Doing so uses more energy and can therefore cost more - not to mention the increased wear and tear on the equipment,” Golden says.

Rather than shutting the system off, Golden advises lowering or raising the temperature of the thermostat, or installing a smart thermostat to do it automatically.

According to the report, homeowners are willing to invest in energy-saving improvements, such as solar panels or appliances, energy-efficient windows, a high-efficiency furnace or air conditioner, insulation, a programmable thermostat, a high-efficiency water heater or a low-flow shower head.

Source: Lennox.com

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What's New in High-Tech Kitchen Appliances

July 6, 2015 2:18 am

Just when you think kitchen gadgets and appliances have reached the height of efficiency, a new generation proves you wrong. Design experts give us a close-up look at the newest high-tech kitchen gear:

Google-powered oven tablet
– Dacor’s Discovery IQ Oven goes way beyond convection options with a touch-screen control panel that is a Google-powered tablet. Coupled with the Dacor app, it will tell you when a dish is ready to serve, switch automatically to warming mode and send you smartphone notification. Cost? About $7,500.

A smarter coffeemaker
- Making your morning cup of Joe just got a whole lot easier. With the Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Optimal Brew Smart Coffeemaker with WeMo, you can schedule or adjust brew time from your smartphone. About $150.

Hand-held kitchen thermometer
– Now you can get a temperature read on your turkey without having to hang around the kitchen. The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer alerts your mobile phone when the bird is thoroughly cooked. An additional LED-screened device sits on the countertop or mounts magnetically to your oven, letting you monitor the temperature whenever you pass by. About $98.

Wi-Fi-enabled refrigerator
- Imagine a tablet secured to the front of your refrigerator! The Wi-Fi-enabled LCD screen on this Samsung model lets you watch TV, pull up recipes, and even make or answer calls through your fridge. It boasts counter-height drawers with adjustable temperatures and holds up to 28 cubic feet. About $3,600.

Slow cook from your phone
– Using the free WeMo app, you can control this slow cooker right from your phone. Shift from high to warm to off with the tap of your finger—even if you're miles from home—and dinner will be waiting for you when you arrive. About $130.

Smart bartending
– Mixing drinks is simple with the Perfect Drink scale and app. Compatible with Android and iOS, the scale comes loaded with recipes and walks you through each step for mixing anything from a single glass to a large pitcher of your favorite potent potable. Because the scale is so sensitive, there's no need to measure as you pour. Simply follow the directions on your app. About $40.

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