Energy Efficient Micro Appliances

There are a number of reasons why someone would want a smaller appliances or even dual usage for one purchased item.  Smaller living space, reduced number of steps needed to get things done, or simply to save money – multifunctional appliances definitely have their benefits. 

These nifty duos have seen a considerable growth in the market place, especially with increased penny-pinching, reduced energy consumption, and a cultural push for simple compact life.

Aside from being energy friendly, small appliances are great for not only smaller homes, but for bachelors and bachelorettes, those looking to downscale their appliance usage, and they make great wedding gifts.

Check out these space-saving gadgets that not only make your life more compact, but also more eco friendly and innovative

Microwave Duos  LG has come up with some clever ways to pair microwaves with other popular kitchen gadgets, such as a toaster and a coffee maker.  This stainless steel duo saves a ton of space, and is cleverly designed to be chic yet functional. Instead of running both your microwave and your coffee maker, you now need to flip only one switch

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are an absolute must have for homes with limited floor space and plumbing options. These electric heaters produce and supply endless streams of hot water to multiple outlets simultaneously without any fluctuation in temperature. They are 30%-50% percent more energy efficient than a traditional water heater, and the automatic shut-off features provides huge energy savings.

The Ottoman Bench Press

Though not an appliance, Ottoman’s are great for smaller spaces. They can be used as a coffee table or as additional seating. Interestingly enough the “Otto-Bench” also allows the Ottoman to be used as a bench press/weight lifting station.  This two-in-one decor gadget saves natural resources by combining two needs in one.  The amount of time, energy and resources that would have gone into building two separate products is cut in half! And if you consider the beginning to end process for a consumer good, especially logging and transport, you can rest assure that you’re doing your part for the environment.

The Revolving Kitchen

The original Circle Kitchen is an innovative high-tech compact kitchen. The 180° revolving kitchen features all the amenities of a traditional kitchen but takes up only 1.8 square meters of space.  They come in a number of styles and are great for either a small home, apartment, guest house, and garage homes.  Plus smaller fridge, smaller apliances, means reduced energy costs and needs.

Great Gadgets for Small Homes is written by Shireen Qudosi. For more, or to view our Heater Guide, visit us at Follow us on Twitter @HeaterHome

3 Responses

  1. There is a lot of truth to this. I bought a portable air conditioner that also had a heater function and I love it. I can use it all year round. I wonder what other cool appliance combinations there are that I haven’t even thought of before.

  2. Oh shoot! I want me one of those microwaves with a toaster. I think that would be SO effective. And I definitely agree with Leigh. Mine is just as great, maybe even better – it has an air purifier in it as well!

  3. Note that tankless water heaters may be a good alternative for businesses as well as homes. Pubs, Restaurants, Hotels, Motels, and more, all use TWH’s for the very large cost savings, being able to expense or depreciate the up-front costs. So if you have an in-home business, or you just want to make points with your boss by cutting expenses, keep that in mind.

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