On TV: Insulation, Kits, Charities

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From December:

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005

INSULATION

The Early Show's resident home improvement expert and "Today's Homeowner" host Danny Lipford offered tips Thursday on insulating your home. The better the insulation, of course, the more you save on energy costs.

For Danny's words to the wise, click here.

Owens Corning offers assistance to homeowners facing rising home-heating bills through an online interactive tool called "Home Report." For more information, visit the Owens Corning site.

Johns Manville just launched a new Web site for homeowners. It also has insulation advice. To get it, click here.

GIVING TO CHARITIES

In light of the indictment of 49 people in an alleged scheme that bilked thousands of dollars from a Red Cross fund designated for Hurricane Katrina victims, you may want advice on making sure money you donate to charities gets into the right hands. On Thursday, The Early Show's Tracy Smith spoke with Art Taylor, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance. For an abundance of advice, click here.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KITS

Terrorism and natural disaster pose potential threats to homes and families. So, the Department of Homeland Security is urging Americans to make emergency preparedness a New Year's resolution. The Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith spoke with Kristin Gossel, who heads the DHS's "Ready" campaign. For the department's suggestions, click here.

Monday, Dec. 19, 2005

If you want to donate to a charity this holiday season, but you're not sure which charity to give to, The Early Show can help. Nadira Hira, a reporter-writer for Fortune magazine, discusses several Web sites that can match you to a charity that shares your beliefs, and some sites that will help ensure the charity you give to is legitimate. She'll also point to the sites of a few favorite holiday season charities.

  • Sites that can match you with a charity that shares your beliefs:
    justgive.org
    volunteermatch.org
    whatgoesaround.org
  • Sites where you can research a charity's legitimacy:
    charitynavigator.org
    give.org
  • Some holiday season favorites:
    altgifts.org
    secretsanta.org
    stjude.org

    Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005

    High-tech gifts continue to top many people's wish lists this holiday season. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average American family will spend $1,500 on electronic products this year, with the bulk of those purchases taking place during the holiday season. So, if a tech toy is what you have in mind, Best magazine Senior Editor David Gregg has picked some of this year's most popular ones. He showcased them on The Early Show Wednesday:

  • NIKON COOLPIX S1 digital camera: $300 (after rebate), nikon.com
  • PANSONIC DVD RECORDER DMR-ES20SL $179.99, panasonic.com
  • MOTOROLA MAGENTA RAZR cell phone: $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, t-mobile.com
  • MOTOROLA RAZRWIRE BLUETOOTH OAKLEY SUNGLASSES: $295, oakley.com
  • TASSIMO HOT BEVERAGE MACHINE BY BRAUN: $169, tassimodirect.com, and major retailers.
  • SWIMP3 underwater MP3 player: $199.99, finisinc.com
  • APPLE iPOD NANO: Up to $249, apple.com
  • NEW APPLE iPOD: $299 for the 30GB model and $399 for the 60GB model, apple.com
  • HASBRO IDOG MP3 player adapter: $30, hasbro.com
  • XBOX 360: CORE SYSTEM: $299.99, xbox.com

    Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005

    If a new television is on your shopping list this holiday season, but you're confused with the ever changing technology, Best magazine Senior Editor David Gregg

    The Early Show to help you focus on the big picture.

    Among his suggestions:

  • INSIGNIA 27" HD-READY STEREO CRT TV
    $300, now through Dec. 17 bestbuy.com
  • SAMSUNG 40" HDTV LCD-TV #LN-R409D
    $3,200, samsung.com
  • PANASONIC 42" PLASMA HDTV TH-42PX50U
    $2999,
  • TOSHIBA 72" DLP PROJECTION TV - # 72HM195
    $4999, toshiba.com
  • EPSON MOVIEMATE 25-TV PROJECTOR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
    $1,199, epson.com
  • PHILIPS HDTV 50" PLASMA TV WITH AMBILIGHT 2
    $5299, philips.com

    LG WIRELESS TV - 15LW1R
    $999, lgusa.com