BUYER’S GUIDE: Espresso Machines

There’s coffee, and then there’s espresso. Those who aren’t connoisseurs sometimes lump them together (we’ve been guilty of that ourselves in our Buyer’s Guide to Coffee Makers), but for those particular about their favorite caffeinated beverage, the two don’t even compare. Table of … [Read more...]

Dishwasher Decibel Ratings: What You Need To Know

When shopping for a new dishwasher, you may not realize the difference that a few decibels can make in terms of how loud your dishwasher is when you run a cycle. In fact, a low decibel rating is the most-requested features that people seek in a dishwasher. It makes sense, as nobody wants a loud … [Read more...]

8 Ways a Thermostat Can Save You Money

As a homeowner, you are probably in search of ways to reduce your expenses without sacrificing any of the comforts of home. One easily overlooked component that can help you to save a great deal of money in your home is the thermostat. The thermostat is the device that you use to regulate the … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Cleaning a Gas Grill

When the weather is sunny and warm outside, there are few things more enjoyable than firing up your gas grill to cook dinner. In order to keep this essential appliance working at maximum efficiency, you'll need to clean it regularly. Not only will investing a little time and elbow grease make your … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Cleaning Your Oven

The oven can be a tricky nook to keep clean. The best and most obvious tip for maintaining a clean oven is to clean up messes immediately after they occur. However, because of enamel that stains and steel construction that scratches easily, you want to be tough but gentle. As long as your oven is … [Read more...]

How to RV on a Budget

Are you considering embarking on the adventurous and nomadic lifestyle of a full-time RVer? If so, you might be curious just how economical it is to purchase an RV, drive it, and live on the road. The short answer to this question is that you can make it as expensive or inexpensive as you choose. It … [Read more...]

9 Ways to Cut Down on Food Waste

Today is Earth Day--time to celebrate our planet! We all share this Earth with each other, so we need to learn how to take better care of it. We need to do our part to ensure that our Earth stays healthy and sustainable, and no task is too small in this fight. From recycling our newspapers to … [Read more...]

8 Tips for Smoking Meat

Long ago, smoking was a method of preserving meat. Today, refrigerators and freezers make meat preservation much easier. Barbecue connoisseurs now smoke their meats for a different reason altogether: taste. This slow-cooking technique brings out the bright flavors in a variety of meat cuts, such as … [Read more...]

12 Ways You Can Clean with Vinegar

Vinegar is one of those ingredients that can be found in everyone's pantry. You might know it as a handy ingredient for your favorite meals, but it can also be a surprisingly effective cleaning tool. Whether you're looking for an all-natural cleaning solution or simply a way to cut costs at the … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda

Every homeowner has their favorite staple cleaning items to use around the home. Some people stick to their store-bought chemical cleaners while others have home-made favorites, both of which have their perks and faults. If you have not yet invested in baking soda as part of your staple items, then … [Read more...]

9 Obvious Signs You Need a New Refrigerator

Your refrigerator is one of those household appliances you usually don’t have much trouble with. The lifespan of a quality fridge can last for many years, which is why it's hard to tell when you need to call a repair technician and when you need to start looking into buying a new fridge. However, … [Read more...]

6 Signs You Need a New Washing Machine

Most of us aren’t experienced repair technicians, especially when it comes to various laundry-related appliances. As such, the odds are great that most of us won’t know when our washing machine needs to be repaired, or simply needs to be replaced completely. Learn how to spot six warning signs of … [Read more...]

How to Save Money With a Mini-Split System

For many people, at least half of the utility bill goes to controlling the temperature of the air inside their home. Cooling in the heat of summer and pleasant indoor heat throughout winter's chill come at a cost that can certainly add up. And these cooling costs are almost out of sight on the power … [Read more...]

9 Things You Should NEVER Do To Your Dryer

People often take their clothes dryers for granted, until something goes terribly wrong with it. Even though this common household appliance is used daily or several times a week, most people never give it a second thought until they have to. For example, wet laundry might be tossed into the … [Read more...]

8 Fascinating Ways to Clean Your Microwave

Cleaning your microwave is one of those tedious tasks that nobody likes to do. But, you have to do it on a regular basis to help maintain the unit and ensure that your food tastes as it should. Whether you're using a countertop or built-in unit, here are eight different ways to thoroughly clean … [Read more...]

How to Install a Mini-Split System

A mini-split system is an excellent heating and cooling solution for small areas in the home where running ductwork is not a practical solution. Whether the home has a non-ducted heating and cooling system or there are renovations where additional rooms or living space is being added, a mini-split … [Read more...]