It is a brand new year and anything is possible. We hope that you have been inspired by the many entrepreneurs and ideas that we have highlighted over 2014. There will be plenty more to come in 2015. It is time to make your new year’s resolutions to step up your game and improve your business. If you have not yet taken that entrepreneurial leap, then I would challenge you to do so this year. Today’s feature can perhaps warm you up to the idea.
Marco Zagaria, is an entrepreneur from Rome, Italy and has been working on a product to combat the cold weather. He finds that nighttime is when he expends most of his creative juices, yet this is also the coolest part of the day. Heating the room with a gas stove can consume a lot of energy and consequently cash. Now, thanks to Zagaria, a small room can be heated up by a few degrees for a mere 10 cents per day.
Most of us are familiar with the concept of an igloo—a half-dome ice hut made to keep the cold out and the warm in. Similarly Zagaria has developed a small thermal heater that he is introducing as the Egloo—a candle powered heater. The crowdfunding campaign is currently on Indiegogo, and the product can be claimed via a backing of $60.
The terracotta Egloo has a baseplate, on which to set four small candles. A metal grill is then placed over the baseplate and candles, which is designed to support and suspend a small terracotta dome. This is the inner dome, where the heat is concentrated to a range of 140-180 degrees. Finally, a larger dome, with a hole at the top, caps the Egloo. This hole provides for thermal exchange between the room air and the heated air between domes.
Four small candles can last for up to five hours, not including a residual heat that is emitted after the flames extinguish. The Egloo will increase the temperature of a 20 square meter room by two-three degrees. The replacement cost of the candles are an estimated 10 cents—not bad!
This idea has already been validated by the 288% financial backing that it has received to date. At the present moment, I am particularly sensitive to room temperature as I have been battling an illness through the holidays. Something toasty to warm my hands, as I type this, would be wonderful. I already have the thermostat maxed out on heat mode and am wearing a zip-down turtle neck sweater.
Restaurants and cafes would benefit from the glowing ambience and mild heat emitted from the Egloo. Rome seems like a picturesque city for these traditional terracotta emblems to be iconized in cafes.
I think that Mr. Zagaria is on to something with a solid POP.
Egloo’s Indiegogo Campaign Page