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Dyson vs Bosch

Dyson vs Bosch

Sir Dyson clanged down his sword on arch rival Bosch again yesterday, publicly accusing his German foe of pulling VW tricks in some of its vacuum cleaners. Dyson is wrong, but has a point.

Never one to miss a PR opportunity, Dyson told the Telegraph “Bosch has installed control electronics into some of its machines to wrongfully increase energy consumption when in use — to cheat the EU energy label. Their behaviour is akin to that seen in the Volkswagen scandal.”

Our smart future

Our smart future

Computerised cars are smart, but their designers have proven pretty dumb, at VW at least. With most household products looking at an unavoidable digital destiny, the question has to be asked — how clever are factory bosses in the home appliance sector? LG fell into the trap of using defeat devices on fridges, while more recently at least one TV maker seems to be smelling more of diesel fumes than roses.

EU freezes halogen bulb ban

EU freezes halogen bulb ban

An EU ban on wasteful halogen light bulbs has been frozen by two years following a vote in Brussels today. The decision by the Ecodesign Regulatory Committee of member state representatives will wipe out €6.6 billion in energy savings and keep household energy bills high, according to environmental campaign Coolproducts. It is the first time the EU has rolled back a product-related efficiency law.

Bulb Fiction: lighting greenwash uncovered across Europe

Bulb Fiction: lighting greenwash uncovered across Europe

The most inefficient light bulbs are being sold as ‘eco’ by major brands across Europe, an investigation by Coolproducts has found, just as the UN launches the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.

Halogen bulbs are 10 times more wasteful than today’s best real eco alternatives according to the latest research, earning them a typical EU energy label grade of D or C, compared to an A++ for the best LED bulbs. Using halogens will typically drive up energy bills by £35 per year compared to true eco alternatives, according to UK experts.