A new EU law comes into force which will see the production of high powered vacuum cleaners banned in an attempt to cut carbon emissions. As Hayley Platt reports it's sparked a rush to buy and anger among customers.
A powerful vacuum cleaner may get the housework done faster. But their days are numbered in Europe. New EU regulations have come into force banning high powered machines. SOUNDBITE: Chris Shaw, vacuum cleaner owner, saying (English): "It's as if you're using the vacuum for a very long term basis. You only have it switched on for an hour or two each time." Manufacturers and importers can no longer sell vacuum cleaners which use more than 1600 watts. And from September 2017 900 watts will be the limit. Hoover, Miele and Samsung are among those effected. The move is designed to reduce carbon emissions. EU energy spokesperson Marlene Holzner says it'll also give consumers more choice in other ways. SOUNDBITE: Marlene Holzner, European Commission Energy Spokesperson, saying (English): "When they go to the shop, each Hoover will be labelled, and they can immediately see if it uses a lot of electricity, if it sucks the dust really quickly or not and if its noisy or not." The new law has sparked a rush to buy up the last powerful models. German manufacturer Sebo says vacuum cleaner sales are up 100%. Some retailers in the UK have reported a 50% rise with some shops being cleaned out of certain models. And it's not just vacuum cleaners which are being regulated. Lawn mowers, kettles and hair dryers are next on the EU's list - to the particular dismay of many hairdressers.