A few days back, we reported on how the European Union banned the production of 40W and 25W incandescent bulbs, as part of a campaign intended to promote sustainability and energy efficiency by compelling people to sooner or later opt for more environmentally-friendly lighting solutions.
Recent news inform us that household appliances are the ones now targeted, meaning that, one by one, each of them will eventually be made to abide by green-oriented standards in terms of electricity consumption and carbon footprint.
Given the fact that microwave ovens are major consumers, it comes as no surprise that this category of household appliances is first on the to-green-up list.
Thus, Plextek (i.e. a company that specializes in designing and supplying electronic products, amongst others) announced its plans to develop an innovative technology that supposedly can help make microwaves consume roughly 25% less energy than they presently do.
This may not seem as a major achievement at a first glance, yet seeing how, according to recent estimates, about 190 million households on this continent presently rely on these appliances in order to heat up their breakfast, lunch or dinner, the overall end results are bound to be noteworthy.
Speaking on behalf of Plextek, Gareth Williams – presently employed as director of this company's Digital Engineering Group – explained how, “The footprint of our household appliances is constantly on the rise, correlating with the huge growth in the amount of household appliances that we each use.”
“There is already some great work being done to encourage behaviour change in our society in the way that we manage these appliances, but we aim to revolutionise the products right from blueprint stage,” he further elaborated on this issue.
As EE Times Europe
informs us, companies such as Whirlpool, Comheat, Bergh Hybrid Circuits and others are expected to also become involved in this project.