New vacuum cleaners come with an energy label showing their energy efficiency on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). As of September 2017, the most efficient vacuum cleaners carry a label A+++.
These ratings take into account the vacuum cleaners' total power and how efficiently that power is used to pick up dust
The European Commission provides tools for generating energy labels for products on the EU market.
Ecodesign requirements cover:
- energy efficiency
- product information
Standby and off mode
A wide range of electric devices can have standby and off modes.
These are required to switch into a low power mode (such as standby) after a reasonable amount of time and they must not consume more than 0.5 Watts in standby or in off mode.
By switching to one of the most energy efficient vacuum cleaners, you can save €70 over the lifetime of the product. With more efficient vacuum cleaners, Europe as a whole can save up to 20 TWh of electricity per year by 2020. This is equivalent to the annual household electricity consumption of Belgium. It also means over 6 million tonnes of CO2 will not be emitted – about the annual emissions of eight medium-sized power plants.
Floor polishers, robot vacuums, mattress cleaners, and hand-held and battery operated vacuum cleaners are excluded from these regulations.