A Letter From The Editor
Appliances are as much a part of the home as the walls or the floor in modern society. Few people would consider a building a house without a stove, refrigerator, and (depending on the climate) a heater and air conditioner. With our increased appliance dependence over the last 100 years, appliance manufacturers face increased responsibility to provide cheap yet durable and feature-filled products. Obviously, sometimes they fall short on one or all of those requirements. To save money and inconvenience, you can become an expert on home appliances before the next time you go shopping. Hopefully today's issue will start you on that path as it introduces important concepts like the possibility of buying used, the reputations of major manufacturers, and the cost savings of energy efficiency.