Speed demons not wel­come in EU safe houses

Irish Examiner - Supplement - - 60 YEARS OF EUROPEAN UNITY -

In 2014 the EU in­tro­duced reg­u­la­tions which would ban the im­port or man­u­fac­tur­ing of vac­uum cleaners which ex­ceeded 1,600 watts, in an en­ergy- saving push. Many be­lieved this would re­sult in weaker vac­uum cleaners be­ing used for longer; the law prompted a run on the more pow­er­ful ma­chines in the weeks be­fore the ban took ef­fect. The EU says the reg­u­la­tions have worked, prompt­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers to find in­no­va­tive ways to in­crease suc­tion with­out in­creas­ing power con­sump­tion.

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