Chic wooden radiator saves energy, water

Much prettier than most radiators, and it saves energy too.

Jaga

All eco-values aside, I'd drool over this radiator if it had the consumption levels of a Hummer. Why? Because it's pretty. When you're used to noisy old apartment-building radiators that frequently squirt water all over the floor, a good-looking one is like high art. But it gets even better. The Energy-Saver radiators from Belgian company Jaga, as featured on Treehugger, use 12 percent of a traditional radiator's energy and 10 percent of the water. It's not cheap--in the UK, it'll cost you the equivalent of just under $400 USD--but your energy bill will probably take a nice nosedive.

It's actually kind of a no-brainer, according to Treehugger: If there's less water in the radiator, it won't take as much energy to heat it up to a nice toasty temperature, and it will react more quickly to a request to heat up or cool down. Instead of steel, the Energy-Saver uses non-corrosive copper and aluminum for heat transfer. And the wood in its sleek casing is apparently sustainable as well, having been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Plus, it's pretty.

About the author

Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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