Europe Wipes Out Inefficient Vacuum Cleaners

vcAll vacuum cleaners sold in the EU as of the 1st of September will have to comply with a cap on energy consumption, as part of new EU measures aimed at reducing energy wastage. To further benefit consumers, the EU also introduces requirements on cleaning performance on noise levels, as well as an energy label that helps consumers choose the right model for them. These measures will help stop recent trends towards increasingly powerful — but not necessarily better — vacuum cleaners, largely fueled by advertising based on the ‘more power = better cleaning’ idea. The legislation will curb cheap and ineffective mainly Chinese models that have flooded the market in recent decades and caused a doubling of energy consumption from these products, according to the European Commission. According to the European Commission, the rules will make vacuums 63% more efficient on average and cut household energy bills by some €3 billion per year by 2020. To ensure that Europeans fully reap these benefits, the rules will be tightened in 2017. Earlier this year, Ecodesign and Energy Labelling rules for computers came into force, with associated savings of €2.5 billions to European households and companies. When adding together the energy savings for products already regulated by Ecodesign and Energy Labelling (vacuum cleaners, computers, fridges, dishwashers, TVs, ovens, boilers, etc.), Europeans will save as much as 56 million tonnes of oil equivalent in heating and 480 TWh of electricity by year 2020, the equivalent of 200 large (500MW) coal power plants, or the CO2 from 150 million cars, and will deliver as much as 40% of the EU’s 2020 energy efficiency target. In economic terms, net savings for European households are estimated at €79 billion in year 2020, an average of €350 per household.

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