Environmentally-Conscious Home Appliances

F. Torita
Y. Ohira
K. Furuhama
T. Kojima


Minimizing environmental impact is also currently an important theme in the field of home appliances.@ This trend is manifested in endeavors to create environmentally-conscious products, with an emphasis on recycling and the reduction of energy and resource consumption.

Environmental impact can be roughly divided into the production, use, and disposal stages.@ In the home appliances field, it is during use that environmental effects are most marked.@ In response, energy-saving measures have virtually halved air conditioner and refrigerator electric power consumption, and resource-saving measures have decreased the water consumption of fully automatic washing machines to approximately half.@ Technological developments in the field of television sets have also begun to show effects from the manufacturing through disposal stages.

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