Jan. 5, 2017—Typically, to buy a Craftsman product, you have to go to a Sears store. Soon, you’ll be able to buy Craftsman-branded products anywhere.
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.
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.
Feb. 2, 2016—General Electric has seen the light, and it’s LED.
Jan. 20, 2016—If you can’t be bothered by ordering basic goods from Amazon, you now can have your appliance or device do it for you.
Jan. 19, 2016—Touch technology that allows you to start or stop the flow of water by touching the handle or spout has been a part of kitchen faucets for years. Now Grohe has taken the technology in a new direction—toward the floor.
Oct. 29, 2015—Paint that prevents the spread of bacteria has been around for a while, but are you ready for paint that kills infectious bacteria? Sherwin-Williams says it will sell paint in the first quarter of 2016 that does just that.
Sept. 1, 2015—It’s easy to see the changes that Google made to the third-generation Nest smart thermostat.
May 7, 2015—Flooring that contains potentially hazardous materials continues to draw scrutiny from chain retail stores, with the stores announcing plans to eliminate the sale of flooring that contains formaldehyde or phthalates.
May 1, 2015—Tesla Motors is ready to leave your garage and enter your home. Confirming reports, Tesla introduced the Powerwall, which is a lithium-ion battery that stores electricity that can be used to power your home.
April 22, 2015—Home Depot says it will phase out the use of toxic phthalates in vinyl flooring that it sells by the end of 2015.
March 16, 2015—The price of electricity rose in 2014 at its fastest rate in 6 years, but the growth is expected to moderate in 2015.
Feb. 2, 2015—We tend to assume that any wireless device must be better than its wired counterpart.
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.
Nov. 17, 2014—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered mortgage lender Franklin Loan to repay consumers $730,000 for giving illegal bonuses to employees who funneled consumers into loans that had higher interest rates.
Nov. 7, 2014—The need to deodorize a bathroom often originates at the toilet, so Kohler unveiled a toilet seat that does the work for you.
Oct. 10, 2014—Extreme temperatures, short supply and dizzying demand combined to create a perfect storm in winter 2014–2015 for consumers who use natural gas to heat their homes, as the so-called polar vortex caused unbearable utility bills for households across the United States.
Oct. 3, 2014—Ikea introduced a new line of ready-to-assemble living-room furniture that requires no tools for assembly.
Sept. 19, 2014—Two and a half years after we alerted consumers to a spate of redistributed recalled products that were linked to Meijer stores, the company will pay a $2 million civil penalty to settle charges by Consumer Product Safety Commission that it played a role in the sale of such products to consumers.
Sept. 15, 2014—A company that generated leads for mortgage companies through online advertisements settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers with misleading ads that claimed that they could refinance their mortgages for free.