Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker Review: Let the Internet Help with Dinner

It's Friday night. You're out on the town when suddenly the realization hits: you totally forgot to turn off the crock-pot before you left for the evening. Now, instead of coming home to a delicious beef brisket dinner, you're going to come home to inedible charred mass. But with Crock-pot's new smart cooker, you… »8/01/14 3:12pm8/01/14 3:12pm

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 2:00pm4/10/14 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 6:00pm4/03/14 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 12:55am3/14/14 12:55am

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 12:30pm12/24/13 12:30pm