Reimagining the kettle

In the UK we drink a lot of tea, in the US it’s a lot of coffee right?

Well most of us boil a little extra water when we’re making ourselves a hot drink – and who can blame us? We wouldn’t want to be caught short and have to do another round of boiling.

Did you know that in England the energy used to heat the wasted water (just the wasted, nothing more) in one day is enough to power the whole countries’ street-lights that night? I mean that’s a lot right? That no-doubt stands across the world in developed countries. Where kettles are used on mass – significant amounts of juice are wasted.


Chudy and Grase – a Danish design organisation have created the miito kettle, which saves energy by heating exactly what you need. It’s simple – consisting of a rod and a base, pop the cup, tea pot, saucepan or whatever on the base, pop the rod inside and the induction power activates to heat the liquid within (via the base). 

When the water boils the rod signals to the base to quit the heat and the base cools leaving you with a proper cupa tea.The base is also de-activated whenever the rod is placed straight on the base.

For more information click here

Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (; converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (

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