Category Archives: Home & Garden

Big changes coming for daily news at ConsumerReports.org

Starting later this week, you’ll notice a few things different about the daily content we produce at ConsumerReports.org: The news.consumerreports.org subdomain will go away. All of the content we produce, including daily news items, product reviews and Ratings, the Consumer… Continue reading

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Superstorm Sandy, six months later: An exclusive survey of its impact

Six months ago today—on October 29, 2012—Sandy slammed into the mid-Atlantic region. A new Consumer Reports survey documents the deep disruption and devastation Sandy wrought, along with highlighting the steps that helped victims cope in its aftermath. The Consumer Reports… Continue reading

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16 smart things to do with your tax refund

Spring signals the return of warmer weather, blooming flowers and trees, baseball, and more. And for many of you, it’s also when your state or federal tax refund will arrive. Truth be told, you’re better off not getting a tax… Continue reading

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Get rid of household hazardous waste—and maybe even make a quick buck off your other junk

You’ve neglected it for ages, but now’s the time to get rid of the household hazardous waste—oil-based paints, pesticides, automotive fluids, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, and more—that’s lurking somewhere in your home. Improper disposal—pouring liquid waste down the drain or even… Continue reading

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CES 2012 Wrap-up: More than just gadget news

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is officially over. And there was a ton of news from the trade show. The buzz from the CES exhibit floors included the hot gadgets expected to hit store shelves this year,… Continue reading

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2011 in review: The Top 10 most-searched product recalls

Bacteria-tainted food, flawed vehicles, smelly bottles of medicines… 2011 could be considered the year of really awful consumer product news, judging by the amount of safety recalls made by regulatory agencies. But which product recall of 2011 really lit the… Continue reading

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Nissan testing Leaf that can provide electricity to homes

Detractors often say one of the big drawbacks to buying an electric vehicle (EV), such as the Nissan Leaf, is the lack of infrastructure. You still need to wire your home to charge the car’s batteries and long-distance travel is… Continue reading

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