Is it safe to leave kitchen appliances outdoors?Outdoor kitchens and living rooms are a great place to spend fall evenings and are becoming a common extension of the Arizona home. Make your outdoor room as safe as your indoor rooms. Read full FAQ
Should I buy a front-loading washer?You may not have a choice for much longer. Top-loading washing machines are becoming as much of a dinosaur as manual-defrost freezers. Read full FAQ
How can I use my appliances more efficiently?Whether your appliances are the newest, most-efficient models or they nearly qualify as antiques, you can do your part to waste less energy by using them smarter. Here are some free and easy ways to cut waste—and your energy bill: See Rosie's tips
How can I save energy in the laundry room?That’s as simple as switching from the hot-water setting to the warm- or cold-water setting. It will cut the amount of energy your washer uses per load in half. About 90 percent of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. You can cut your energy use by using less water or by using cooler water. Read full FAQ
What’s a good strategy for appliance shopping?A refrigerator, hot water heater or other large home appliance is probably your biggest purchase of the year. Treat it as you would any major investment: Do your homework before you start shopping. Here are five tips that will make shopping for a major appliance easier and help you get the best value for your money: See Rosie's FAQ
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Outdoor KitchensStainless steel appliances. Granite countertops. Natural stone floors. They’re not just for your kitchen anymore.
They’re also for your other kitchen—the one outdoors on or near the patio that your family uses almost year-round.
Americans spend $150 billion a year on home remodeling—and one-third of that goes toward outdoor living areas, estimates the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. In fact, outdoor kitchens are the second-most popular home remodeling project—after indoor kitchens.
Installing an outdoor kitchen isn’t cheap. Depending on how elaborate—and how permanent—you want your alfresco cooking and eating space to be, you can spend anywhere from $3,000 to $60,000 on appliances, countertops, flooring, lighting, storage and heat.
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Appliance TrendsBuying a new suite of kitchen appliances or a washer/dryer duo is no small commitment these days.
Fewer of us are opting for basic white refrigerators and stoves with basic functions.
We’re paying upward of $1,000 for fancy front-loading washers and dryers in stunning hues that match the décor of our once dank and colorless laundry rooms.
Ovens have warming drawers; wine racks are as big as refrigerators. Microwaves are so small they can fit in a drawer under the counter where they won’t take up precious cabinet space.
And they’re all so energy efficient that they’re making what we bought last time seem like dinosaurs.
All of this is good. The new appliances are designed with clever conveniences that not only save us time and trouble, but they save energy and money on our gas and electric bills.
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