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DOE proposes changes to furnace standards

Sept. 6, 2016—Department of Energy (DOE) finally proposed a new minimum-efficiency standard for gas furnaces, its first since 1992, and our prediction about the shape of the standard proved to be on the mark.

Brita unveils smart water filter

Feb. 29, 2016—It appears that no limit exists for the types of products that can become “smart.” Now, you can buy a smart water filter.

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Energy-service companies bait and switch

Many consumers have options to choose their energy provider. However, some providers offer lower rates as a tease, then shock you later when they increase your monthly bill.

Selling your home through social media

According to National Association of Realtors (NAR), 51 percent of recent homebuyers found their home through the internet in 2016, which is up from 44 percent in 2015.

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Home Recalls

Connectors for SolarWorld solar panels pose shock hazard

March 28, 2017—Amphenol Industrial Solar Technologies recalled electrical connectors that are attached to SolarWorld Americas solar panels, because the connectors might develop microscopic cracks that might allow moisture to leak into the system while it’s producing electricity, which poses a shock hazard.

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