Although the holiday season has come to an end, winter is just beginning. And if you live up north, you know that the season isn't always a wonderland. When Old Man Winter arrives at your doorstep, banish the blustery blues – and keep warm while you're at it – with these three promising products.
When the weather outside is frightful
Depending on how extreme winter weather is where you live, it can take a lot patience – and elbow grease – to remove snow and ice from your car's windows with a traditional ice scraper. And when it's below freezing at 6 a.m., the last thing anyone wants to do is spend time outdoors clearing their windows before heading to work. But with the Heated Ice Scraper from Sharper Image, that unwelcome scenario doesn't have to become a reality.
Claiming to quickly remove even the most stubborn snow and ice, the product – featuring an 11.5-foot cord – plugs into your car's 12V DC outlet. When your car is turned on – even better if it's an eco-friendly hybrid or electric car – the power from your vehicle will heat the device up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit, helping melt layer upon layer of accumulated ice. What's more, the scraper is equipped with "ice-breaking teeth" and an LED light to get the job done in no time, even in the dark.
Saving energy: Everyone's cup of tea
If you're like some of us here at SaveOnEnergy.com®, nothing can warm you on a cold winter morning quite like a steaming cup of tea. However, according to Energy.gov, heating water in the microwave or on the stove can be up to 30 percent less efficient than boiling water in an electric kettle. Although they're more common in the UK than the U.S., electric kettles can help reduce both water and energy waste.
Next time you're craving a "proper cuppa," reach for an eco-friendly electric tea kettle as an energy-efficient way to heat your water, such as the Cuisinart® CPK-17 PerfecTemp® 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle. The kettle's clear water window allows you to see exactly how much liquid is inside so you don’t waste energy by heating more than you'll use. If you plan on having several cups or are serving tea to guests, go ahead and fill the kettle to the top – its insulated design can keep the water toasty for hours so you don't have to reheat.
Lower electric bills? That's a wrap
Instead of raising your thermostat until your home's interior temperature mimics that of a balmy island, wrap up in the Sunbeam® Chill-Away Personal Heated Wrap. While it might not compare to a Caribbean getaway, it's effective in keeping you toasty all winter long.
Although the wrap runs on electricity, its overall energy usage – and cost – is much lower than what it would take to warm up solely from your home's heating system. The wrap's soft fleece design features coils throughout, front pockets so your hands stay content, three heat settings and a three-hour automatic shutoff in case you doze off while it's still on.