In most homes there is an array of appliances – from fridges and freezers to washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, ovens, kettles, tumble-dryers – as well as floor care, water heating, heating and ventilation.
In many ways, domestic appliances distinguish the modern labour-saving home from the drudgery of bygone years. They save users time to spend more enjoyably or productively and often do the job much more thoroughly and efficiently than could be achieved by hand.
Over the past decade, AMDEA members have invested millions of pounds to develop environmentally friendly technology in order to improve the efficiency of their appliances, for example:
- an average new European washing machine consumes 44% less energy and 62% less water compared to an average washing machine made in 1985.
- in refrigeration, today’s best products consume only a quarter of the energy used by a typical refrigerator made in 1990
Alongside such a major contribution to modern living come many responsibilities: reducing energy and water consumption in-use, disposing of appliances when they reach the end of their usable life, and ensuring that public health and safety is safeguarded at all times.
AMDEA and its technical experts represent and support the UK domestic appliance industry on all of these crucial issues. At every stage of the development, manufacture, marketing, after-sales service and ultimate disposal and recycling of the product – from cradle to grave – AMDEA is involved.
AMDEA is a member of CECED, the European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers.