by April Khan, Appliances Connection
Just a few short years ago, we were all warned about Global Warming and the effects it would have on our planet. From that moment forward, home appliance manufacturers began looking for ways to make appliances run more efficiently, while using less energy. Meanwhile, smartphone manufacturers were creating a slew of new handsets capable of doing everything from conversing with their owners to controlling smart appliances. But the newest appliances have an added bonus — they save food.
Standard refrigerators — more specifically, those old boxy ones from 20 years ago — had two basic settings: chill and freeze. That was about the gist of it. If you wanted something chilled, put it in the refrigerator, if you want something frozen, place it up top in the freezer.
With a few slight advances over the years, we could change the temperature in the refrigerator to many different levels of cold, but food still spoiled. This was because the average refrigerator lacked compartments. If you wanted to keep your milk extra cold, you’d have to lower the temperature. The downside to this cold glass of milk was frozen salad, frozen apples and solid tubs of yogurt. Obviously, upon thawing these foods they would spoil and have to be tossed out. This lead to an increase in food wastage and a higher instance of carbon emissions.
According to World Food Day USA, more than $1 Trillion of the world’s food supply is wasted. In the United States, the average person wastes about 20 pounds of food per month. Most of this food is fresh (or unprocessed). The result — an excess in methane gas emissions.
To cut back on this wastage, LG, Samsung and Panasonic innovated a few ways for today’s families to adjust the temperature of each food type without spoiling the others.
Let’s take a peak:
Panasonic – created special blue and green LED lights for their vegetable crisper drawer. The lights work to keep vegetables fresher, longer by discouraging oxidation.
LG – created a special chill drawer that has 4 different temperature controls. They also created a neat technology called Door-in-Door, which allows people to open a special access section outside of the main refrigerator. This compartment is large enough to hold lunch and snack items, and there’s no risk of temperature dips when grabbing them since the compartment is on the outside.
Samsung – innovated a special feature called ‘triple cooling technology (TCT)’. TCT allows users to preserve different types of foods on different temperatures with no risk of wastage.
These technologies along with a few others are set to decrease food wastage, food buying costs and energy costs all at once. The price tag for these refrigerators may be a bit steep, but the lifelong savings they provide will certainly outweigh the cost.
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