When EU Regulations Imitate Art August 22, 2014Posted by geoff in News.
Next month the EU will suck a little less:
Consumers who prefer powerful vacuum cleaners are being advised to buy one now before new EU energy rules that restrict motor sizes come into place next month.
from 1 September, companies will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor more powerful than 1600 watts.
Consumer group Which? said that five of its seven Best Buy models named since January 2013 had motors exceeding 1,600 watts, and on average, cleaners boast an average of 1,800 watts.
By 2017, the maximum wattage will again be lowered to 900.
Reminds me of the old SNL sketches with the “Festrunk Brothers,” the two wild and crazy guys from Czechoslovakia (Dan Akroyd and Steve Martin). I think it’s the first skit where they’re cleaning up their apartment with this enormous vacuum cleaner they brought from Czechoslovakia (only high party officials can get them right away).
Anyway, the suction is so poor that they’re picking up trash and dropping it into the vacuum hose. And now, almost 25 years later, EU citizens will get to enjoy the same sort of cleaning performance.
Don’t feel bad – out day can’t be far off.