New Energy Efficiency Regulations For Vacuum Cleaners


From 1 September 2014, many types of vacuum cleaners must comply with EU eco-design and energy labelling regulations, designed to tackle climate change. The aim is that we all need to use less energy and thus save the planet. After the energy labelling laws for large domestic appliances and the ban on incandescent light bulbs, it's now another energy consuming product in the house: vacuum cleaners.

Which products are affected?

This new law affects all new non-rechargeable upright and cylinder vacuums (bagged and bagless) and is NOT applicable to rechargeable, wet & dry and robot vacuum cleaners. It is also NOT applicable to products that have been produced or brought into the EU before the 1st of September 2014. If that is the case with the stock that is available in your shop or warehouse, it will fall outside this new law.

What is required?

All products produced or brought into the EU after the 1st of September 2014 will require the following:

  1. The power of the vacuum cleaner should be less than 1,600 watts. In 2017 this will be brought down to 900 watts
  2. The electricity consumption of the vacuum cleaner should be less than 62kWh per annum. In 2017 this will be brought down to 43kWh per annum
  3. All products will need to have an Energy label that contains:
    • Energy Efficiency Grading (A+++-G)
    • Filtration Grading (A-G)
    • Dust pick-up Grading on carpets (A-G)
    • Dust pick-up Grading on hard floors (A-G)
    • Energy-usage in kWh per annum
    • And the dB of noise the vacuum cleaner generates

Usually the manufacturers will label their products and/or the boxes of their products but the law clearly states that the retailer (bricks-and-mortar as well as catalogue and on-line) clearly displays the Energy label. Failure to do so, could lead to substantial penalties.

How does this help?

Everybody will be able to judge and compare vacuum cleaners based on the same European Guidelines and the grading of the product with the help of the European Energy Label. It will also ban products that are not energy efficient and/or have a poor performance and should bring down the energy usage in the household considerably and thus tackle climate change.

Understanding the Energy Label

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