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Vacuum cleaners: less energy, better performance

The energy used by vacuum cleaners accounts for a significant part of the energy demand in Europe. As of 1 September 2017, the updates on the ecodesign requirements for vacuum cleaners will make them a more efficient product for consumers.

The new rules will lower appliances' maximum power, annual energy consumption and noise levels. They will also increase their minimum ability to pick up dust.

With less energy for a better cleaning performance, consumers will be able to save money, as switching to a more efficient product can save €70 over its lifetime. According to the European Commission, with more efficient vacuum cleaners, Europe as a whole will be in a position to save up to 20 TWh of electricity per year by 2020.

Energy labels

In August 2017, updated rules for energy labelling were published. A new, simpler scale for appliances from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) will gradually be introduced, and consumers will be able to consult a product information database.

If you want to learn more about the EU Energy rules, eco and energy labels, Consumer Champion has the e-learning course for you. 

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