(OILPRICE) — A British consumer group is warning households to rush out and buy powerful vacuum cleaners before they’re banned throughout Europe.
As of Sept. 1, manufacturers will be forbidden to make or import any vacuum machines with motors stronger than 1,600 watts.
The rules, set forth by the European Commission, are aimed at slowing climate change by cutting Europe’s energy use. The EC contends the new standards mean European consumers will “get better vacuum cleaners than ever before.”
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The consumer rating agency "Which?" says that doesn’t make sense. Five of their seven highest rated vacuums have motors higher than 1,600 watts.