From today, vacuum cleaners sold in Europe will be more cost- and energy-efficient. The European Commission is making use of the latest state-of-the-art technologies to ensure that European consumers have the most energy efficient products available. The updated ecodesign requirements will lower appliances' maximum power, annual energy consumption and noise levels. They will also increase their minimum ability to pick up dust.
The updated rules will result in vacuum cleaners that use less energy for a better cleaning performance. This will help consumers to save money, as switching to a more efficient product can save €70 over its lifetime. 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.
EU energy efficiency rules cover many different household items. Ecodesign requirements establish minimum energy efficiency requirements for manufacturers, and energy labelling rules help consumers to choose the most energy efficient products. 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.