New innovations give consumers more ways to save energy, cut costs and reduce environmental impact.
Samsung Electronics today announced innovations designed to usher in a new era of sustainable living. With services like SmartThings Energy setting new standards in home efficiency, Samsung’s latest bespoke appliances help users save energy and money. With technologies including a new wash cycle and filter that dramatically reduce microplastic emissions from washing machines, Samsung’s latest advances make it easier than ever for consumers to reduce their environmental impact and support the health of the planet.
“The technologies we are presenting at CES 2023 put sustainability at the center of the user experience,” said Moohyung Lee, executive vice president and head of R&D at Samsung Electronics’ Digital Devices business. “Our ambition is to be the world’s most energy-efficient home appliance brand, and our latest products and partners will help make sustainable living a reality for more people and more communities.”
SmartThings maximizes energy savings
With over 80 million connected devices,1 The SmartThings platform continues to grow while opening more ways for users to reduce their carbon footprint at home.
Now SmartThings Energy AI Energy mode2 it’s more powerful than ever, offering support for more devices and regions and even greater power savings. This includes additional savings of up to 15% on eligible coolers,3 up to 20% for eligible air conditioners,4 and up to 35% for compatible detergents5 in some periods.6
The industry’s first SHEMS (smart home energy management systems) certification
Samsung’s efforts to enrich and expand SmartThings Energy have led the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant Samsung the first mass market SHEMS (Smart Home Energy Management Systems) certification. . The certification recognizes smart home devices and services that manage and automate connected devices to help consumers better understand energy use, thereby encouraging energy-saving behavior, reducing costs and facilitating demand response measures that minimize stress on the grid.
The EPA also awarded the Samsung 260 ENERGY STAR home appliance model® certificates, including 43 “most effective” recognitions.7 Samsung is a long-standing leader with more than a decade of ENERGY STAR award leadership and is a rare recipient of the prestigious ENERGY STAR Corporate Commitment Award.
Making Net Zero homes a reality — Providing households with the highest level of energy efficiency
To enable more people to enjoy energy independence at home, Samsung has introduced the next phase of its net zero home initiative: the Smart City project. Working with Sterling Ranch and longtime technology partner Siemens, the Smart City project will help transform Sterling Ranch into a master-planned, sustainable living community designed to house 30,000 residents in Littleton, Colorado.
SmartThings Energy will serve as the primary interactive application for residents to monitor data, and Samsung devices will provide residents with real-time information on energy, water and natural gas usage. Community-wide solar panels and home batteries will generate and store energy, while energy-efficient appliances will reduce energy consumption and control water use to conserve resources. Samsung technologies combined with smart infrastructure solutions from Siemens and an energy optimization solution from Resideo Technologies will make it easy for Sterling Ranch residents to enjoy a net zero lifestyle.
Samsung’s collaboration with Resideo goes beyond the Smart City project. Samsung and Resideo are exploring the possibility of integrating Samsung devices with Resideo’s smart grid solutions to connect customers to energy management programs in California and Texas. In the future, this work can help more communities become smart grid ready by expanding Resideo’s best-in-class demand response offering and maximizing SmartThings Energy savings.
Direct fight against microplastics with “Less Microfiber” technology
While reducing the impact of devices and homes is essential to creating a sustainable future, other clear and present environmental risks demand our attention. For more than a year, Samsung and Patagonia have been working together to solve the problem of microplastic loss during the laundry process and the pollution of oceans and other water bodies.
Samsung’s new Less Microfiber cycle and filter is a product of this collaboration. A breakthrough in the fight against microplastics, the Less Microfiber cycle reduces microplastic emissions by up to 54%.8 Now available in Europe, the range will roll out to compatible washing machines in Korea from February this year, and soon in the US.
Like less microfibers, a new washing machine filter developed by Samsung and Patagonia has the potential to make a real difference to the health of aquatic ecosystems. Less Microfiber Filter reduces microplastic emissions by preventing them from escaping into the ocean at the end of washing cycles. It will be available in selected Samsung washing machines in Europe from the second half of 2023 and can also be purchased separately and applied to any washing machine on the market regardless of brand.
Samsung’s latest laundry innovations will make it easier for consumers to reduce environmental waste for years to come. The same will apply to the 20-year warranties on its washing machines and refrigerators.9 Warranties covering the appliances’ digital converter technologies extend the life of Samsung washing machines and refrigerators, leading to further reductions in waste. The custom-made refrigerators also feature customizable door panels that allow users to easily update the design of their existing appliances instead of replacing them with new ones, allowing them to last longer.
Through close collaboration, technological breakthroughs and a commitment to be the world’s most energy-efficient home appliance brand, Samsung aims to pave the way for a more sustainable future. To learn more about the green innovations Samsung is showcasing at CES 2023, visit Samsung.com.
1 From December 2022.
2 Available on Android and iOS devices. A Wi-Fi connection and a Samsung account are required.
3 Available on select models via Wi-Fi update from May 2023. Test results are based on comparison of factory setting temperatures of US models with and without AI power mode. Results may vary depending on conditions and usage.
4 Based on internal testing of US models. Results may vary based on actual user environment and usage patterns.
5 Based on internal testing on model WF8900B with 8 lb IEC, except for small load cycle (4 lb IEC). Results may vary based on actual usage conditions.
6 It can only be applied to the Heavy Load, Light Load, Towel and Power Rinse cycles when the selected wash temperature is “warm”.
7 From November 2022.
8 A typical Samsung European washing machine was tested with a 2kg 100% polyester hood load, comparing a synthetic cycle on the WW4000T and a less microfiber cycle on the WW7000B. Results may vary depending on clothing and environment. Tested by Ocean Wise Plastics lab.
9 In addition to the digital inverter motors found in washers sold and manufactured in the US only, the 20-year warranty applies to digital inverter motors in washers and dryers sold in the EU and compressors in refrigerators from July. The warranty is limited to the products manufactured. Performed by Samsung and subcontracted manufacturers and does not apply to subcontracted products.