Insinkerator Water Heater

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I’ve never liked electric hot water heaters as a lot of energy is lost in transmission from the generating source, but I’ve made an exception for this little 2-1/2 gallon hot water heater that goes under the sink of our office kitchen. It has a switch that I turn on for maybe an hour, then turn off. The water temperature can be set with the thermostat. The tank is well insulated, so it stays hot for hours. It seems a very efficient use of electricity.

In the house, we’ve had a 5-gallon electric water heater under the kitchen sink for about 15 years. It’s minimal in electric power usage, and doesn’t waste water getting from cold to hot (in pipes coming from a more distant water heater). And yes, I’ve got to get more of our water heated by the sun. It’s on my list of things to do, honest.

-- Lloyd Khan  

Insinkerator Undersink Water Heater
Model W152
$288

Available from Amazon

Manufactured by Insinkerator



Bemis Easy-Clean Toilet Seat

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This toilet seat’s plastic hinges are equipped with seat anchors that allow the seat to be removed for toilet cleaning. A simple twist of two locking knobs and the seat lifts off; reversing the procedure re-locks the seat. It makes an awkward job very simple. My toilet is so much easier to clean completely. The area around the hinges is much cleaner due to easier access. Still one of the best ideas for the bathroom I’ve ever seen. There are various colors and incarnations on Amazon that cost more than $30. I purchased the cheapest basic style at the local Home Depot for less than $12.

-- Lester Coats  

[Although we're recommending this product, I'm personally not thrilled with the manufacturer's "what women want" slogan. -- SL]

Bemis Easy Clean Toilet Seat
$17 – white (other colors avail.)
Manufactured by Bemis

Available from Amazon