Repair or replace? Find out when you should fix it and when you should nix it

Repair or replace? Find out when you should fix it and when you should nix it

Deciding whether to fix a broken product or spring for a new one often feels like an expensive guess. But there’s no need to throw away good money on a bad product. In fact, repairing broken items or keeping them going as long as possible isn’t always the best way to save money. We’ve done the homework for you, creating year-by-year advice for more than a dozen common home appliances, electronics, and lawn and … (read more)

LG’s new dryer saves energy and money

LG’s new dryer saves energy and money

Residential clothes dryers aren’t known for their efficiency, which is why they’re not yet part of the federal government’s Energy Star program. Yet LG has announced a dryer that the company claims will be up to 58 percent more efficienct than a standard model.

The LG DLHX4072V uses a heat-pump exchange system to achieve its target efficiency. Dryers typically lose 20 to 25 percent of their heat through the dryer vent, according to figures from the Environmental Protection Agency, but this model … (read more)

5 ways to save energy and money right now

5 ways to save energy and money right now

Boston scored a win over New York this week and it wasn’t on the baseball diamond. Instead, Beantown won top honors for its efforts to advance energy efficiency. New York took third place after Portland, Ore., in the rankings from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. While the report focuses on the actions of the nation’s 34 largest cities, citizens everywhere can do their part and save money too. Plugging leaks and insulating your home are two of … (read more)

Bright ideas that save energy and money

Bright ideas that save energy and money

Forget the media room and the whirlpool tub. Energy efficiency tops the list of home features that today’s savvy consumers want. And they’re willing to pay for it—an extra $ 7,100 for a home that will reduce annual energy costs by $ 1,000, according to a recent report from the National Association of Home Builders.

But you don’t have to buy a new house to reap the latest energy savings. Our expert tips could cut your energy bills in half. Simply screwing in … (read more)

Three washer and dryer features that waste loads of money

Three washer and dryer features that waste loads of money

Attention shoppers! Store aisles and manufacturer websites are filled with washers and dryers sporting fancy features and the price tags to match. But do you really need dozens and dozens of cycles or fancy digital countdown clocks? Here are three pricey features that our experts say you can skip and pocket the extra money for something you really need.

Digital time displays. Some dryers show an estimate of how long it will take to get the job done. That … (read more)

Five washer and dryer features that waste loads of money

Five washer and dryer features that waste loads of money

Attention shoppers. In the washer and dryer aisles you’ll see models loaded with fancy features. Some are useful but paying for others is like throwing money down the drain. Don’t be swayed by promises of more cycles that you may not need or a machine that claims to be a greener cleaner. Here are five features the experts at Consumer Reports say you can do without.

Eco-cycles. Who doesn’t like to save energy? It’s good for the planet … (read more)