When you come across ratings on appliances such as “Dishwasher AAA”, you may wonder what the letters stand for. Even if you paid attention to nothing else in school, you’ll be aware that at A grade is generally considered excellent. But what do the As on appliances stand for?
- The first A refers to wash performance – so how well does the appliance clean? So how long does it take for the appliance to thoroughly
- The second A is energy efficiency – how much electricity does your dishwasher use and how much will it cost to run?
- The third and final A points to the machine’s drying performance – this often depends on whether residual or active drying is used, and therefore how dry your pots are when they are taken from the dishwasher.
A dishwasher AAA rated should be the first choice for buyers looking for a high performance, low energy appliance. Although it may typically cost more at the outset you will quickly make up (and exceed) the difference through energy efficiency. An A rated appliance is 10% more energy efficient than a B rated one.
To choose your dishwasher AAA rated, visit Appliances Online.
Electrolux group is a Brand Emissions Leader
Electrolux Group has announced its ranking as a Brand Emissions Leader in the household appliances sector, as well as finalist status in the KBB Review Industry Awards for Environmental Innovation. Not bad for a week’s work!!
So what do these accolades mean?
Brand Emissions Leadership status
The brand emissions scheme is in its first year and aims to assess the carbon emissions performance of over 600 of the UK’s leading brands. Successful brand applicants have to satisfy four criteria relating to carbon reduction, intensity, reporting and targets.
The three brands in the Electrolux group – Electrolux, AEG, and Zanussi – were all placed in top positions for efforts to reduce carbon emissions in factories and through products.
Electrolux had the strongest reductions on both emissions intensity and absolute emissions reductions, and also the longest track record for reporting these specifics.
Environmental Innovation Product award
This award, from KBB magazine, is bestowed on a specific product developed to actively move forward the field of green consideration within the kitchen sector. It is AEG-Electrolux’s L64850LE washing machine which has been shortlisted for the accolade.
The L64850LE washing machine’s Super Eco programme sets new standards in energy efficiency. It offers energy savings of 83% against an easycare 40ºC wash and 72% savings against an easycare 30ºC wash.
Award winners will be revealed on Monday 22nd March 2010 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, so fingers crossed for Electrolux!
In light of the recent cold weather Electrolux has been testing ways to reduce power grid overloads.
The residential sector consumes approximately one third of all electricity consumed in the EU, and large household appliances consume approximately one third of all residential electricity. Some authorities went to the length of urging consumers to use kitchen appliances overnight to balance the use of power throughout the day.
Electrolux hopes their smart grid project could reduce this risk. In the project, households are testing a system for smart appliances that automatically detect and avoid consumption during peak periods of the day. The trial phase will run over 2010, and involve selected households throughout Italy.
The system informs users about their power consumption directly on their computer, mobile or on the display of the appliance, allowing them to download customised programmes that help save energy.
“Over the last year the industry has made an effort reducing the energy consumption and environmental footprint of appliances. The last week’s energy situation, points out the important role of energy smart appliances,” says Hans Stråberg, President and CEO of Electrolux. “Mainly this is an issue of community planning, but also an environmental issue. Avoiding power demand during peak periods will reduce the pressure on the power grid, making it possible for the society to avoid CO2 emissions, for example because we will then not have to rely on backup power from carbon and diesel power plant.”
Electrolux is contributing with prototypes of smart appliances and applications in order to manage energy consumption.
The Samsung Air Refresh washing machine
In 2010 I predict we’ll be seeing a lot more steam technology being used in kitchen appliances. From cooking to cleaning steam is taking the market by storm, offering great results, quick programmes and environmental benefits.
Samsung Air Refresh washing machines are a bestselling appliance in the UK because of their versatility. As well as a range of normal wash cycles, the steam capacity in this Samsung washing machine allows users to quickly revitalise fabrics which don’t require a full wash.
The Samsung Air Refresh programme is great for bulky items like coats, jumpers or soft toys which normal wash cycles can ruin.
How does Samsung Air Refresh cycle work?
The Samsung washing machine uses an innovative process drawing air into the washing machine, heating it and streaming it over the clothes, bedding or other items. It takes just 30 minutes, giving you items which smell fresh and clean.
Another benefit of Samsung Air Refresh is its smoothing capabilities. Like a steam iron the hot air removes creases from fabric which lessens the need for ironing – one of the nation’s least favourite chores.
Who validated the Samsung Air Refresh machines?
All Samsung washing machines with this steam feature have been assessed independently and validated by EMPA, Switzerland’s materials, science and technology research institution. They tested the results of the programme on a range of fabrics and compared the results to washing hung outdoors. The findings iterated that Samsung Air revitalised sweaty or smoky clothes significantly faster.
Which Samsung washing machine?
One of the best selling Samsung Air washing machines is the WF8702RSW which offers a 7kg capacity and an A+ energy rating. Great for a larger family looking to save on their energy bills!
Table dishwashers or table top dishwashers are a great space saving solution for washing crockery in the smaller households.
Models such as the Bosch SKS50E18EU table dishwasher are aesthetically pleasing, come in an array of colours; white, red, yellow, black and silver. At just (H)45.0 x (W)55.1 x (D)50.0cm it fits into any corner of the kitchen but certainly doesn’t skimp on performance or programme quality.
The machine offers an A rated wash performance for six place settings. It has four programmes and four temperatures to give you the best wash depending on the dirtiness of your plates and their material.
It uses just 7litres of water per wash and has an A energy rating so you can rest assured you’re doing your bit to save energy.
So you’ve got a 6kg washing machine that’ll take 30 shirts but you’ve only got 10 to put in the wash. You can’t wait because you need at least one clean shirt for your big meeting/ mate’s wedding/ night out on the tiles. What do you do?
The Bosch WAE24364GB gives you a solution! Its half load function allows you to thoroughly wash half a load of clothes without wasting energy and money. The function uses a fraction of the amount of energy and water as a normal programme, so you get clean shirts without the wastage.
Additionally, to make life a little easier, the Bosch washing machine 1200spin has a mixed load function so you can pop in several fabrics at once in a single cycle. This saves you time and means you don’t have to wait till you’ve run out of clothes to wash a full load.
Beko is taking dry clothes to a whole new level with its automatic sensor tumble drying. On its 7kg models, including the DRCS76, you can use an innovative automatic sensor drying function. The means an electronic control system automatically stops the dryer when clothes have reached the selected level of dryness.
On the 7kg models you have the decision of the following three special sensor programmes:
- Shirts – gentle programme in low temperature to protect shirts from damage and loss of colour
- Jeans – for thicker fabrics, ideal for drying the seams of clothes
- Rapid Dry – time saving programme which dries 1kg of washing in just 30 minutes.
These programmes help save energy because they don’t continue to run after the programme has finished, unlike timed cycles. The Beko DRCS76 condenser tumble dryer has 15 programmes in total, 11 of which are sensor drying cycles.