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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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Related Department Briefs

Unscrupulous landlords, uncertain tenant support

In April 2017, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman unveiled legislation that’s designed to reduce the hurdles in New York City’s laws that prosecutors face to charge landlords with harassment of tenants.

Claims that get us steamed

A steam shower is, for all intents and purposes, a steam room that’s contained in a bathroom shower. According to one supplier of steam showers, demand for them jumped 44 percent as recently as 2015. 

‘Hey, Google, save me electricity’

Merkury Innovations’ Geeni Surge surge protector is touted as being the first smart surge-protecting power strip that’s compatible with Google Assistant, so you can turn on and off each device that’s plugged into the outlets of the power strip. That seems notable to us.

Boiling point

Homeowners who purchase a newer high-efficiency boiler to replace an older boiler undoubtedly reap the benefits immediately via a lower home-heating bill.

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Home Recalls

Certain Comotti vanity light fixtures pose burn and laceration hazards

July 5, 2017—Design Solutions International recalled Comotti three- and four-light vanity light fixtures that are part of the Home Decorators Collection. The fixtures, which are sold exclusively at Home Depot and homedepot.com, have light shades that might detach and fall, which poses burn and laceration hazards.

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