How the American Dream Is Killing the American Electric Bill

In 2012, American homes consumed 3.65 billion kilowatthours (kWh) worth of electricity—up from 720 million kWh in 1950—more than double per household than our British counterparts, and second only to China. How did the American home become such an energy hog, despite so many advances in efficient appliances and… » 4/10/14 2:00pm 4/10/14 2:00pm

These Hand-Forged Kitchen Knives Are Works of Rural Art

The world is not lacking for inexpensive kitchen knife sets—they've long been a staple of late-night infomercials and homeware bargain bins alike—but top-quality cutlery is much harder to come by. These blades from Chelsea Miller Knives offer a rare mix of artful simplicity and rugged sturdiness equally at home in New… » 4/03/14 6:00pm 4/03/14 6:00pm

Magic floor sinks into the ground to transform into an outdoor pool

Everyone wants a pool in their backyard until they realize they never actually swim in it. Those neglected pools become nothing more than holes in the ground filled with cloudy water that act as mosquito magnets. Not this pool though. This outdoor pool is magic. The floors sinks into the ground and it fills itself up… » 3/14/14 12:55am 3/14/14 12:55am

How to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring Planting

Even as the East Coast continues to dig out of its latest snowpocalypse the country's more hospitable climes are already beginning to thaw out. And now that your garden no longer resembles tundra, it's time to dig in and get your plot ready for spring planting. Here's what you'll need to do. » 3/05/14 4:00pm 3/05/14 4:00pm

How to Conserve Water During a Drought

California is facing "perhaps the worst drought that [it] has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago," announced Governor Jerry Brown in a recent press conference after declaring a drought emergency for the state. Here are four easy ways to minimize your water usage until the rains come again. » 1/27/14 3:00pm 1/27/14 3:00pm

Build a Perfect Fire on Christmas Eve Without Burning Down the House

There's nothing quite like a Hallmark-style Christmas eve (or morning), replete with logs roaring in the hearth. And the hearth is where it belongs; nobody wants a house fire for Christmas. Here's how to properly and responsibly start up a yule log without resorting to Duraflames (because really, that's just cheating.) » 12/24/13 12:30pm 12/24/13 12:30pm

Show Old Man Winter Who's Boss With a Winter Emergency Kit


With the East Coast inundated with rain, sleet, and snow—and the West Coast not faring much better—now would be a good time to make sure your cold weather emergency kit is topped off with fresh supplies. Wait—you don't have a cold weather go-bag? Here's what you'll need to make it through the winter without shivering… » 12/09/13 3:40pm 12/09/13 3:40pm

5 Barbacking Gadgets for the Harried Holiday Party Host

It's your Festivus party; you should be out there schmoozing with guests, not stuck in the kitchen pouring drinks. With these mechanical mixologists at your side, you'll be able to pour a professional cocktail and still have time to be the life of the party. » 12/02/13 6:40pm 12/02/13 6:40pm

How to Grow a Garden in a Garment Box

Cultivating an indoor garden is surprisingly easy these days, even if your studio apartment is only slightly bigger than a shoe box. And with a bit of resourcefulness and some minor MacGyvering, you can grow fresh produce year-round without sacrificing precious closet-space. » 11/30/13 12:00pm 11/30/13 12:00pm

Ball FreshTech Auto Canner Review: Pack a Peck of Perfect Pickles

For as deliciously rewarding as canning your own fruits and vegetables can be, the actual canning process isn't all candied rainbows and Martha Stewart smiles; it involves a fair amount of hard work. But why should you do the heavy lifting when this new automated canning system from Ball can do it for you? » 11/26/13 3:40pm 11/26/13 3:40pm

The Best Apps to Get the Most Out of Your Hue Lighting

The Philips Hue lighting system is pretty darn awesome save for one minor detail: its finicky and feature-poor stock control app. Third-party, souped-up control apps, can fix that though. Here are the ones you need to really kick your home lighting into high gear. » 11/11/13 4:20pm 11/11/13 4:20pm