It's that special time of year when my thoughts turn to seasonally spiced lattes, sweater dressing, swapping out bed linens and fearing the onset of full-blown winter. While fall has its undeniable charms, I'm not partial to layering indoors and, as a renter, am incapable of determining exactly when my radiator will turn on or to what efficacy. I've been scouring the market for space heaters, those sad things that remind me of dorm room cautionary tales (It burned what?) and lack a certain decorative élan. Then my search lead me to the Dyson AM05 Hot + Cool fan heater.
The name alone—Dyson AM05—feels like riding in the back of a Mercedes-Benz, a quality underscored by product design that brings to mind Blade Runner and belies the gadget's budget-conscious appeal. The AM05 uses approximately 30% less energy to heat a room than other fan heaters,* which in turn will keep your wallet thicker for those long winter months. Better yet, no visible heating elements and a lack of angrily spinning blades means all of my co-ed-rooted fears are moot. Inspired by the success of my search, I hit the streets—well, Pinboards—determined to find more green products that would defy my expectations and save me hard-earned cash in the process. See below for a roundup of our favorite finds for eco-savvy living!
*Tested using test method DTM 961, based on IEC 60675.