A small device called e-cube is getting quite some press coverage throughout the UK the last days. It could save more greenhouse gas emissions than taxes on gas guzzling cars, low energy light bulbs and wind turbines on houses combined.
Invented by British engineers, the GBP25 gadget significantly reduces the amount of energy used by fridges and freezers, which are estimated to consume about a fifth of all domestic electricity in the UK.
“…Refrigeration units usually monitor circulating air temperature in order to decide when to switch on and off. However, circulating air temperature tends to rise quickly, far more quickly than food temperature and, as a result, refrigeration works harder than necessary to maintain stored products at the right temperature. This in turn leads to excessive electricity consumption and undue wear and tear on the equipment…“
According to the e-cube web site it is currently on trial with various hotels, supermarket chains and restaurants including Marriots, Holiday Inn and Starbucks.
Depending on how often you are opening your fridge, savings in private households might be limited.
e-cube company web site.
Guardian Unlimited press article.
- Gadget: Silkscreened CDRs and DVDs
- Fun: Moving Dog USB Drive
- Tomy LUMI PAD: Fridge Messages that glow in the dark
US company 5inch offers pre-designed silkscreened CDRs and DVDs together with equally unique cases. Custom designs and sets are also available. Packs of 10s are about USD 13. Have a look at their shop. click on the image for the jump
It’s not easy to describe this USB drive so we just called it “Moving Dog USB Drive”. Have a look at the video to see the thing in “action”…
Japanese toy maker Tomy has introduced a new model of its LUMI PAD series that you can attach to your fridge. With this battery-powered magnetic message board no message will be missed anymore. It has a build-in movement sensor and uses pens with special ink that glows in the dark. When it is switched on [...]