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EU bans powerful vacuum cleaners

After incandescent light bulbs, EU has taken a closer look at inefficient vacuum cleaners. European Commission has issued a ruling on powerful hoovers, restricting their wattage to 1600W, which will further be limited to 900W by 2017. Newest energy rule has come into force in September 2014 and has caused quite an outburst among manufacturers and customers. What consequences can we see almost 5 months after the implementation of the rule? What else can we expect?

Savings

EC’s Directive has been designed to reduce energy usage in EU countries. Enthusiasts believe it will drop by 30% by 2020, which, as a result, will bring €3bn savings in utility bills. General numbers are pretty impressive, but what’s in it for us? Well, this means that each household using energy saving vacuums running for approximately 2 hours per week will annually save only €16, as calculated by The Telegraph. Does it convince you? Yeah, me neither.

Effectiveness

The customers fear that using lower wattage vacuums will double the effort, and understandably, the energy needed to clean the house. Brussels, however, reassures that the ban is designed to encourage manufacturers to invest in energy saving solutions in vacuums, allowing to clean as effectively as before, but at lower energy costs. ‘It is not power that makes a vacuum cleaner perform well’ claims Marlene Holzner, spokeswoman for European Commission. We’ll have to wait to see who’s right. As it is now, indeed new and vacuum cleaners which supposedly are to be effective enough despite not being powerful such as the famous PSP 180 found here http://bonus-czystosc.pl/katalog/numatic-psp-180 are produced,

Energy labeling

To make things easier for us, the customers, EU is going to use A-G scale to start labeling hoovers according to energy efficiency and performance. Holzner has stressed that costumers will definitely benefit from the newest rule, as it will prevent dishonest manufacturers from selling faulty products. At the moment, all products have to be reviewed before entering the market. As I’ve thought, manufacturers weren’t pleased with that solution. Dyson vacuum cleaners, one of the leaders on the market, is seeking judicial review of this directive. Results will be revealed in December 2015.

Vacuum cleaners energy label

5 months after new directive has been introduced, there are still some gray areas that require explanation. Personally, I see the implementation of ecodesign directive as a motor to develop environmentally friendly appliances. Manufacturers should seek new methods to limit energy use with no harm to performance and effect. However, as the technology will develop, we will surely see the increase in vacuum cleaners’ prices. In the end though, I believe everything will change for the better.

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