By Zeba Fatima
By using the Eco Mode feature on Samsung’s over-the-range microwaves one can help save the environment! How? The manufacturer’s green claim got the experts at Consumer Reports wondering how much energy Eco Mode would save you. Here’s what they found.
The claims: As mentioned by the Samsung’s website that Use Eco Mode and help save the environment, power as well as money. Samsung microwaves and its site simply says, “Eco Mode reduces standby power.”
The check: Ultimate tests of microwaves added two Samsung over-the-range microwaves, model SMH1926[S], $360, from Lowe’s, and model SMH1927[S], $400.Report found that selecting the Eco Mode feature shuts off the microwave’s time display and possibly other internal power drains but the energy usage reduction was small. Based on limited test and assuming the reduction is achieved 24/7, estimate savings of about $2 a year was observed using the national average electric rate of 11.8 cents per kilowatt hour.
Based on restricted test and assuming the reduction is achieved 24/7, estimate savings of about $2 a year using the national average electric rate of 11.8 cents per kilowatt hour.