Power does not always equal performance, though the misconception has become widespread. All too often, owners of inefficient Chinese models are simply throwing away money in hot air and noise, rather than cleaning performance. Yes, lower wattage vacuum cleaners can be just as effective at cleaning our floors and can save Europe as much as 19TWh of electricity annually - equivalent to almost the entire residential electricity consumption of Belgium.
What’s the European Union doing?
After more than three years of discussions, EU-wide Ecodesign and energy labelling regulations for vacuum cleaners were adopted in July 2013, with staged Ecodesign requirements (so called “Tier 1” and “Tier 2”) entering into force in 2014 and 2017 respectively, and an energy label introduced in September 2014. A review of the adopted measures is planned for 2018.
What does the coolproducts campaign want?
- Extend the scope of the regulations to battery hand-held models and robot cleaners.
- More ambitious caps on power consumption.
- Stronger dust pick-up and retention requirements, to boost performance and combat the decades-old misconception that 'more power equals better performance', without reducing the availability of products.
- More realistic and robust test standards corresponding to real-life conditions. For instance, test while the dust receptacle is already partly filled.
- Simplification of the Annual Energy Consumption (AEc) formula.
- Address non-energy aspects, such as toxic components and the better availability of replacement parts.