Put your house on an energy diet
The average American household spends about $2,000 per year on energy, according to the Department of Energy, and about 45 percent of that is heating-related. Learn how to lower your utility bills without sacrificing comfort.
Intent to buy green fades from five years ago
The number of Americans willing to pay more for an environmentally friendly product has declined over the last five years by 13 percent, according to a recent survey. Of those U.S. adults who did buy green in the last year, the top four purchases were lightbulbs, paper towels, laundry detergent and toilet paper. In Consumer Reports' tests, some of those products performed better than others.
The guide to green kitchens
A few smart upgrades can help your kitchen work better and use less energy and water while making it a safer place for you and your family. Planning a major remodel? Now's the time to think about more-efficient appliances, less-toxic paint, and other key kitchen ingredients that look great, go the distance, and help save the planet.
New lightbulbs, new choices
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires most screw-in lightbulbs to use at least 27 percent less energy by 2014. CFLs, LEDs, and some halogen bulbs meet that requirement. Standard incandescents do not and are being phased out. Use our guide to choosing replacement lightbulbs.
How to get rid of practically everything
Expand your attic, basement, bedroom, closets, counter space, garage, and/or shelving without paying a dime to a contractor. Sell, donate, recycle, or otherwise get rid of stuff that you no longer want and is hijacking space in your home.
Repair or replace it?
What do side-by-side refrigerators, laptop computers, and zero-turn-radius riding mowers have in common? They're among the most repair-prone products you can buy, according to our latest reliability data as well as our most recent Repair or Replace survey.
With low-VOC paints, not all green labels are the same
Consumer Reports' newest Ratings of interior paints include many subpar low- and no-VOC paints along with those that made our winner's circle. You’ll also find a growing array of green logos, although some of those certifications are self-awarded. Here’s a guide to six of the most common green labels.
Five new housing trends from the Builders' Show
The 800 exhibitors at the 2012 International Builders' Show showed some creative thinking despite a bleak housing market.
New water-saving toilets that don't skimp on performance
Consider the 140,000 times you’re likely to flush a toilet over a lifetime, and it’s easy to see why toilets guzzle nearly 30 percent of a home’s water use. Replacing an old toilet, especially one from 1995 or earlier, can save the average home at least 4,000 gallons and about $90 per year in water bills.
Green upgrades can set your house apart
Looking for ways to improve the resale value of your home and still recoup the expenses? Adding some energy-efficient updates may help, but don’t be stingy. Consumer Reports found some good green performers in its tests.