Kitchen appliance upgrades from LG and Samsung

Kitchen appliance upgrades from LG and Samsung

New strategies for getting dishes clean and keeping food fresh are on display by appliance makers at the 2014 International CES. Samsung is featuring a souped-up dishwasher that can douse the dirtiest items with extra water and both LG and Samsung exhibited door-in-door refrigerators that prevent too much cool air from escaping when the door is repeatedly opened and closed.

Samsung showed new dishwasher features that will appear on at least three models, including the $ 1,599 Samsung DW80H9970. The first, … (read more)

Tax credits for energy-efficient upgrades to expire

Tax credits for energy-efficient upgrades to expire

A $ 500 tax credit for energy-efficient upgrades expires at the end of the year so now’s a good time to tighten your home’s envelope by replacing drafty windows or entry doors or insulating your attic. Some heating and cooling equipment also qualify for the tax credit, which was extended last year as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act. Here are the details.

Claims can only be made for your primary residence. And to be eligible, homeowners must not have made … (read more)

Four must-have appliance upgrades and six you can skip

Four must-have appliance upgrades and six you can skip

Appliance manufacturers regularly update their top-of-the-line products with new technology and fresh design elements—and pass the expense of each “improvement” along to the consumer, of course. Some of these upgrades do in fact deliver the added convenience they promise, but others may not be good enough to pay more for. Here’s a rundown of features to consider and those to skip:

Refrigerator raves
Digital temperature controls. They display the actual temperature and the temperature you set, allowing you … (read more)

Six energy-efficient upgrades that qualify for 2012 tax credits

Six energy-efficient upgrades that qualify for 2012 tax credits

As a result of the last-minute enactment of the Taxpayer Relief Act earlier this year, six common energy-efficient upgrades you may have made to your home in 2012 or plan to make this year are eligible for a federal tax credit. Replacement windows and doors, new roofs and upgrades to heating and ventilation systems all qualify for a credit of up to $ 500. The improvements must be made to your existing home and principal residence, new homes do not … (read more)

Fiscal deal includes tax credits for energy-efficient upgrades

Fiscal deal includes tax credits for energy-efficient upgrades

In addition to holding down taxes for all but the wealthiest Americans, the fiscal package passed this week includes a number of incentives for homeowners to become more energy efficient. Buried in the 150-page document that is the American Taxpayer Relief Act are tax credit extensions for energy-efficient appliances, building materials, and more.

The rules are pretty complicated, as you might expect, but here’s what you need to know: You can save up to $ 500 on taxes if you made … (read more)