Information And Resources on Home And Home Improvment

Apartment Living

AOL Real Estate: Apartments - Apartment and roommate locators, renting advice and news articles about the U.S. rental market.

Apartment Gardening - Information on balcony, patio and window gardening.

Apartment Living - A discussion forum for those living in apartments, condominiums and co-ops. Topics range from roommate problems, maintenance issues, leases to decorating.

Apartment Reviews - Features reviews of apartments by tenants. Provides an apartment rating form.

Decorating for Renters - Tips on what you can and can not change in your apartment, wallpapering and window treatments.

Good for Apartment Life - Provides a list of dog breeds suited to apartment living. Each breed is linked to a detailed description.

The LemonClub Apartment Ratings - Apartment ratings based on the actual experience of tenants in the United States. Also includes a discussion forum for consumer and tenant issues.

Living In Your Apartment - Hints and tips to solving common storage, decoration, and styling problems.

MetLife Renting an Apartment - A guide to renting an apartment and understanding tenants' rights and responsibilities before signing the lease.

Rental Decorating Digest - Tips and tricks for decorating for the renter.

So You Wanna Decorate Your Apartment Cheaply? - This article explains how to evaluate the space in your apartment, decide on a style, choose a color scheme and find bargains when decorating your apartment.

Space Management Survival Guide - Studio apartment solutions for "hiding and otherwise disguising belongings that needed to be stored in a small space."

Consumer Information

Abby's Guide - Buying guides with tips and advice. Also has forums where people can post their experiences and degrees of satisfaction with products they have purchased.

BestStuff.com - A network of reporters, authors, and industry experts offering reviews of new products.

Canadian Consumer Information - Consumer information guides covering a variety of topics including children, consumer products and services, environment, food, health, housing and finance.

Check Out - Wal-Mart's buyers blog about products they evaluate and solicit input from customers.

Consumers' Checkbook - This independent, non-profit consumer authority provides articles and ratings for local services in the United States.

ConsumerSearch.com - Database of categorized consumer product reviews from a variety of news and trade publications. For each product, it ranks and describes all reviews, provides a full story of expert analysis, and lists top rated products by category.

EConsumer.gov - Provides information on consumer protection laws in thirteen countries and offers consumers a way to file complaints online.

EnerGuide - Produced by the Canadian government's Office of Energy Efficiency, rates home appliances for cost of operation and gives tips and advice.

ePublic Eye - Monitors e-businesses for reliability, privacy and customer satisfaction. Offers a directory of registered safe shopping web sites, streaming audio consumer alerts and the Safe Shopping Radio Network.

Federal Citizen Information Center - Provides a library of consumer interest publications on a variety of topics. A service of the U.S. General Services Administration.

Federation of American Consumers and Travelers (FACT) - A national consumer organization offering benefits, discounts, and programs for consumers and travelers. Offers subscription based articles on cost saving health care benefits, scholarships, grants, and non-partisan political reports.

Fixya.com - Support information for consumer electronics and appliances, repair services, manuals, guides, faqs and troubleshooting.

Ineed2know.org - An independent, not-for-profit service providing articles and tips about products and services.

InfoChoice - Offers a family of websites focused on providing consumer information and reviews for products and services from the banking, investment, telecommunications, insurance and travel industries in Australia.

InfoFAQ - Questions and answers about buying products and services over the Internet.

InstructionSheets.com - Includes alphabetical list of manufacturers with links to their sites and list of product instruction manuals offered for download.

JD Power Information Center - Using consumer satisfaction data collected, this site provides consumers information to help them in their buying decisions.

Make Life Easy - An analytical shopping tool for consumers and businesses. Users can create smart shopping lists and personal consumer reports to make skilled purchase decisions.

Master Me Meter - Life calculators and tools for career, family, and work.

MouthShut.com - Consumers research, compare, and review products and services.

Moving Company Guide - Covering choosing a moving company, insurance, checklists, and tips.

The User Manual Site - Contains instruction manuals and other support documents including operator and user guides, and how-to information for all sorts of appliances, machines and devices.

Welsh Consumer Council - Details of current projects, staff and publications, with advice, help and articles on a variety of consumer topics.

Cooking

All Recipes: Advice - Features cooking tips, an encyclopedia of terms and ingredients and a searchable recipe database.

AOL Food - Recipes, menus and entertaining ideas.

Betty Crocker - Meal planning, award winning recipes, menu suggestions and special occasion tips.

Canned Food Alliance - A consortium of steelmakers, canmakers, food processors and canned food brands promoting the nutritional and convenience benefits of canned food. Features a recipe database, bulletin board, online surveys, recipe contest and tips on health, lifestyles and timesaving.

Chef Talk - Culinary page with recipes and information.

A Chefs Help - Offers worldwide recipes, menus to order, help with cooking problems, wine selection, reviews and related items.

CleverChef - Recipes, meal planning and menus.

The Cooking Inn - Offers recipes, cookbook reviews, and a library section featuring articles on various subjects.

Cooking Solutions - Chef, caterer, and instructor Kevin Wagner provides personal assistance with cooking lessons, advice, and recipes.

CookingIndex.com - Directory of cooking resources with recipes and cooking links.

CooksRecipes.com - A cooking site offering online culinary help, a searchable index of recipes, daily tips and trivia.

Creative Cooks Articles at WomenOf.com - Presents articles, holiday recipes, hints, and tips for those who want to experiment in the kitchen.

Culinary.net - Recipes, cooking tips, food forums, articles, columns, contests, and product offers.

Doctor Gourmet - Recipes, news, tips, techniques, food ratings, links and information to helping to eat well and healthy.

Everyday Cook - Recipes and general cooking information.

The Food Channel - Food information, recipes, entertainment, trend information, dining advice, and food discussions.

Foodgeeks.com - Sharing site offering a collection of over 6000 recipes, discussion group and recipe box available. Also offers newsletter.

Good Cooking - Presents a wide range of recipes and information on general or gourmet cooking, world cuisines, and wine. Offers cooking definitions, facts, a forum, and professional recipes.

GourmetSleuth.com - Directory of links to information and shopping resources for gourmet foods, wines, beer, and cooking.

Hannaford Supermarkets - A large collection of recipes, food safety and preparation tips.

Homefamily.net - Recipes and articles about food safety, nutrition, and preparation, provided by the Association of Saskatchewan Home Economists.

iVillage.com - Cooking - Offers recipes, a menu maker, recipe finder, articles on topics such as healthy eating and entertaining, collection of quick recipes, and message boards.

The Love Chef - Recipes, and weekly cooking, restaurant and shopping tips.

Mimi's Cyber Kitchen - Recipes, exchanges, cookbook and software reviews, archive of the rec.food.cuisine.jewish newsgroup, and Mimi's personal collection.

My Digital Kitchen - Offers recipes, database of ingredients with nutritional analysis, cooking software, and a newsletter.

Nice Bites - Offers recipes, basic food advice, members forum, and food events.

Ochef.com - Provides answers to cooking questions, as well as daily recipes, cookbook reviews, and food and cooking news.

Online Cooking - Offers recipes, articles, and cookbook reviews.

PerfectEntertaining.com - Cooking, recipes and book reviews.

Recipe Tips .Com - Features recipes along with kitchen tips, techniques, and advice.

The World's Healthiest Foods - Database of healthy ingredients with nutritional information, cooking articles, recipes, and cooking methods.

Gardening

Exploratorium: Science Of Gardening - Features articles and videos on several topics, including gardening with nature, carnivorous plants, soils, fruits, and vegetables, propagation, and plant reproduction.

Garden Ideas - Articles and advice on a variety of gardening topics.

Garden Terms - Gardening dictionary with brief definitions of a large number of terms, optionally arranged by category.

Hort.net - Offers a collection of garden reference materials, including a plant gallery and profiles, archives of mailing lists, gardening news, and links.

Let's Go Gardening - General gardening site, with versions geared towards US and UK gardeners. Tips and articles, informational resources, links to events, societies, and public gardens, and a forum.

LoveToKnow Garden - Short informational articles on gardening topics, vegetables, and ornamental plants, contributed and edited by users.

MyGardenGuide - Offers plant database with photos and summary information, questions and answers on various garden topics, and a garden weblog.

Ohio State University PlantFacts - Collection of horticultural resources, including a search engine drawing from U.S. university factsheets, plant image database, how-to videos, illustrated FAQs, and glossary.

Pioneer Thinking: Gardening Center - Information and tips on outdoor and indoor gardening. Many articles grouped by topic.

Yardener.com - Lawn and garden resources for homeowners whose garden is not their hobby. Includes information and care data for many plants, shrubs, and trees, and dealing with pests and problems.

Home Automation

Advanced Home Networks - Installation of home wiring systems for computer home networking, Internet access, telephony,cable and satellite.

ADVEnt - Service and installation company focused on integrating lifestyle technology needs within commercial and residential applications.

Amazing Controls - Fully integrated home, office and building automated control system.

Commercial and Home Automation - Building and home automation equipment, lighting control, and remote control and energy management.

Computer Caller ID (YES Telecom) - Hardware and free PC software which takes the caller id signal and looks up the number. Keeps a cronological call log of all incoming and outgoing calls.

Consumer Powerline Communications Network - Information about digital communications including, computer, Internet, telephone and television networking over common household power lines.

Control Plus - SCADA for the Macintosh - Control and monitoring (SCADA) software for the Apple Macintosh that communicates with Allen-Bradley and Modicon Modbus PLC's

Digital Powerline Communications Telephone - Wireless phone networks use powerline technology for communications. Wireless phone jacks are HomePlug compliant and can be used for voice communications and data communications.

Domotics - Information and communication technologies for more comfort and convenience in and around the home.