Whether or not we mean to, we do a lot of little things that make our electric bills more than they need to be. There has been a rise in Eco-products that will save us a lot all at once, or in tiny increments over a long period of time. Sometimes they’re a grand idea that help us and the environment, but other times it’s nothing but a waste.
The Eco Drain is a good idea that has potential to pay off, so long as you can look at the big picture. This is a heat-exchanger that will take hot water from your shower, and use it to heat incoming water. It is said to save anywhere from $100-200 annually on your electric bill. This means you can take longer, hotter showers without as much fuss about the bills, but it will be tiny savings.
Of course, you will want to keep in mind that you’ll need to get this installed or have a decent amount of capabilities to do it yourself. It works by running the water main from the city in a pipe through outgoing waste water that is hot. The two won’t touch, and it is a brilliant idea, but make sure you know what you’re doing before trying to put this in yourself, as you could spend far more than you have the potential to save. This is something you’ll have to see as a long-term, as it costs $440.
Available for purchase on ecodrain, found via redferret
[ The Eco Drain will let you take longer, hotter showers and save money copyright by Coolest Gadgets ]
If you are a fan of beer, then you know of the variety available to you. Some are cheap and gross unless they’re ice cold, and others can be a higher temperature and still hold their own. If you’ve gotten to a point where you want to be a bit more specific, then you might like to know the exact temperature to keep your beer at for optimal enjoyment.
If you don’t want to constantly stick a thermometer in every few minutes, then you might like the idea of the Koolernaut. This is a beer Koozie that will tell you the temperature of your beer on a digital readout. There is also a chart on the side that tells you what the best temperature range for different types of beer are. If you have a drink that is close to the right temperature, but needs to come down a few degrees, then you can get their Ice Puck, which is essentially the same as a freeze pack you would put in a lunch box, but will fit under your can in the Koozie.
The ice puck will take a few minutes to chill your drink, but it can bring it down 8 or more degrees. Getting the Koolernaut and 2 ice pucks will cost you around $25. You can pay $20 and get one less puck, but if you think you’re going to down your beverages quickly, chances are you’ll want a second puck as a backup for the next round. For those who drink beer primarily from a can, this is a swell idea that could be very useful if you remember to put the ice pucks in the freezer. The battery for the display is non-replaceable, but will last for 4,000 hours and only turns on when a drink is inserted.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter