Sales of powerful vacuum cleaners banned in EU
This is total nonsense, a re-run of the dishwasher fiasco. "Ecological" dishwashers just did not clean well so it became common to wash every load twice -- thus INCREASING electricity use.
It will be the same here. When I switched from a 1,000 watt cleaner to a 2,000 watt one, everything was easier and quicker. I now don't have to go over and over pesky patches. The "savings" on electricity under the new rules will be entirely delusory. The weaker cleaners will have to be used for quite a bit longer, thus using more electricity -- not to mention the cleaning time they waste.
A lot of cleaning is done commercially these days, so how about factoring in the cost of cleaning time? That would make the stronger machine definitely more economical
Sales of vacuum cleaners producing more noise and heat than suction are restricted under EU rules from today.
Vacuum cleaners using more than 900 watts and emitting more than 80 decibels will be banned when stocks run out.
Some anti-EU campaigners say homes won't be properly cleaned if people have to buy lower wattage machines.
But energy experts say the best low-power appliances clean just as well as high-wattage machines.
They say some manufacturers deliberately increased the amount of electricity their appliances use because shoppers equate high-wattage with high performance.
The European Environment Bureau (EEB) said: "Power doesn't always equal performance, though the misconception has become widespread.
"Some efficient models maintained high standards of dust pick-up while using significantly less energy - due to design innovation."
Vacuum cleaner salesman Howard Johnson, who works in Coventry, told BBC News: "People want a more powerful vacuum cleaner but they can't see that more power doesn't mean more suction.
"The lower power machines are perfectly adequate, and better for the planet".
The EU's own website says: "With more efficient vacuum cleaners, Europe as a whole can save up to 20 TWh of electricity per year by 2020.
"This is equivalent to the annual household electricity consumption of Belgium.
"It also means over 6 million tonnes of CO2 will not be emitted - about the annual emissions of eight medium-sized power plants."
And the UK Climate Change Committee says that since 2008 electricity demand is down 17% (despite all our gadgets) and gas demand is 23% lower, thanks to tougher standards on energy efficiency in homes and appliances.
This, it says, has helped keep bills down.