Sunday Nov 27, 2022

The Best Energy-Saving Tech at IFA 2022 – PCMag


BERLIN—Sustainability is the hottest buzzword of Europe’s premier technology trade show.

At IFA this year, the halls of the sprawling Berlin Messegelände exhibition grounds are bursting with tech to help you monitor your use of energy and conserve power. 

During press briefings leading up to the trade show, which opened to the general public on Friday, vendors said energy efficiency is the most important factor for buyers looking to replace big-ticket home appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines. Companies like Bosch, LG, Miele, and Samsung are ready to meet that demand with ultra-efficient models that promise to lower your monthly utility bills. 

Many IFA vendors highlighted their efforts around sustainability. Miele executives, for instance, said the company has been using green electricity at all of its locations worldwide since 2021 to become 100% carbon neutral(Opens in a new window). Miele intends to convert its entire global commercial vehicle fleet to electric and is already using the new, zero-emission Opel Vivaro-e Hydrogen(Opens in a new window)

Panasonic CEO Masahiro Shinada said the company aims to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 300 million tons (about 1% of the current global total(Opens in a new window)) by 2050. Panasonic also debuted a new, more sustainable booth design, which it said cuts down on CO2 emissions by 70% compared with those from IFA 2019, the last time this show took place in person. 

Meanwhile, Samsung executives shared a goal to become the world’s most energy-efficient brand. By 2023, 100% of all Samsung appliances will support the SmartThings platform and thus be able to deliver artificial intelligence-powered energy savings. 

If you’re inspired to make your smart home more eco-friendly (or you just want to cut back on your power bills), read on for the best energy-saving technologies we saw at IFA this year:

Samsung SmartThings AI Energy Mode

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With energy prices on the rise, Samsung’s SmartThings platform leverages AI to help you cut down on your power use and save money. It’s one example of the company’s efforts to combat climate change. 

“The more technology we add [to our homes], the more energy we use, and that’s not sustainable,” Samsung UK home appliances marketing director Tanya Weller said onstage at IFA. “We are determined to change things.” 

With SmartThings, you can monitor and control the energy usage of your Samsung appliances from your phone. If your bill is too high, simply enable AI Energy Mode, which can reduce energy use through small changes, like slightly raising your refrigerator temperature or washing your clothes with cooler water. 

(Credit: Angela Moscaritolo)

After enabling AI Energy Mode, you can set a monthly target (maximum savings, net-zero home, or custom). Then, every morning, the AI will check whether you’re on track to meet your goal. If necessary, it will set your devices to run on Energy Saving mode for 24 hours. 

Samsung says this feature can reduce the energy consumption of its refrigerators and washing machines by 30% and 70%, respectively. 

“Ultimately we want to help people run a net zero home,” Weller said. 

Miele App Consumption Dashboard

(Credit: Angela Moscaritolo)

Miele announced a new app-based Consumption Dashboard that can help owners of its dishwashers and washing machines monitor their energy and water use. The Consumption Dashboard will also …….


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