Small Load Washing Machine:
The first innovation is a mini washer that is positioned as the pedestal right below a main full size front loading washer situated on top. Here is a short 1 min video on the LG Side Kick washing machine. It’s sold separately so if you have a front loader already it could be installed underneath. Personally I’d use that feature at least once a week! The reason is: I like to walk around the house “barefoot” with socks on. So at the end of the week I do a pre-wash of socks only and then wash them a second time with the rest of a load – just a sanitary precaution because the dogs run in the yard and then come in and walk on the tile “without taking their shoes off”.
This would also be great for the ocassional spill. Like yesterday while sitting on the porch having my coffee with cream when our biggest dog (nick named Galute) walked by and swatted the cup with his wagging tail! Suddenly I was wearing my coffee. From experience I knew the sooner I launder a potential stain, even after spot washing, the better the chance of preventing a stain. There wasn’t a thing in the hamper so it got washed all by it lonesome self. Wish we had this little mini washer as our pedestal.
We love the idea of a fridge with an outer AND inner doors – outer AND inner shelves. They are called “door-in-door refrigerators”. If you have time check out this 2 min video of an LG door-in-door fridge. The kids in my family are in and out of our fridge all day long on weekends. The outer shelves would be a convenient and efficient place to have grab and go snack items: drinks, yogurts, peanut butter, jelly, etc. Also condiments, and salad dressings.
Additionally this setup could clearly delineate what is fair game and what’s off limits. As you know missing ingredients will often stop a chef dead in their tracks! Have you ever looked for a certain special ingredient for a certain special recipe and its been used by a certain special hungry munchkin?
The inner and outer door setup claims to reduce cold air loss by up to 47.3% which will correspondingly reduce the fridges use of electric to start and run its compressor! The smallest I could find on line was a big 22 cubic feet, and they range all the way up over 30 cubic feet. The less electric appliances use = less power plant emissions. If you can’t go whole house solar or get a dedicated DC fridge on its own solar circuit, but you DO need to replace your conventional fridge be sure to check this innovation out as your next best option.
Here is the original 3/16/2018 article in Mother Earth News by Jennifer Tuohy titled Building Greener Appliances.