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.

Haier buys GE Appliances

Jan. 15, 2016—GE Appliances has been sold again. Chinese company Haier will buy General Electric’s appliances division for $5.4 billion.

Samsung refrigerator lets you view contents remotely

Jan. 6, 2016—Not to be outdone by LG Electronics’ announcement of a refrigerator that opens by itself, Samsung Electronics introduced a refrigerator that shows you what’s inside, even when you’re away from home.

LG debuts self-opening refrigerator

Jan. 5, 2016—One would expect a slew of new electronic gadgets to be rolled out at the International Consumer Electronics Show, and 2016 is no exception, but what about a high-tech refrigerator?

Google unveils updated Nest

Sept. 1, 2015—It’s easy to see the changes that Google made to the third-generation Nest smart thermostat.

K-Cup Refillable Insert To Return

May 11, 2015—Keurig Green Mountain, which makes and sells single-serve coffee makers and coffee pods, will reintroduce a feature that was removed when its Keurig 2.0 coffee makers were introduced in 2014.

Carrier jumps into smart-thermostat market with Côr

Jan. 30, 2015—The Côr’s in-depth data reports break down your home heating and cooling energy usage, which allows a homeowner to control his/her home energy costs beyond the level of control that other smart thermostats deliver.

New GE refrigerator has built-in single-serve coffee maker

Jan. 14, 2015—The GE Café Series refrigerator incorporates a Keurig Green Mountain’s K-Cup brewing system in the French door of the refrigerator that’s meant to free up kitchen counter space and allow consumers to brew coffee and tea.

Energy savings no match for high cost of heat-pump dryer

Aug. 12, 2014—The first dryers that use heat-pump technology are designed to save a lot of money on your energy bill, but we found that the high price of such dryers means that you’ll have to use it for as long as 19 years to realize any long-term financial savings.