Government can’t catch terrorists or balance its budget, but they sure can protect consumers from powerful vacuum cleaners that work well.
Shoppers are panic-buying powerful vacuum cleaners to beat an EU ban that comes into force next week.
Last night retailers reported that sales had soared by nearly 50 per cent as consumers snap up any remaining stock in the run-up to the Brussels diktat outlawing machines of over 1,600 watts.
Many stores and websites have already run out of the most powerful models, with one reporting its busiest day for sales in more than a decade…
A list of up to 30 high-wattage household devices could be banned next spring following a draft EU report which examined ways to reduce power consumption.
Consumer magazine Which? said the new rules on vacuum cleaners would outlaw some of the best machines, which owe their strong suction ability to their high power consumption.
From September 1, companies will be prohibited from manufacturing or importing any vacuum cleaners above the 1,600-watt limit as part of a drive to reduce domestic electricity use…
Yesterday, there was evidence that consumers are stockpiling their favourite models to use in the decades to come.
Chris Wesson, posted a photograph on Twitter of two 2,000-watt Panasonic vacuums which he said his mother had bought.
He tweeted the comment: ‘Only my mum would stock up on powerful vacuum cleaners before this ban comes into effect. We now have five in our house…’
See, free-born citizens shouldn’t be forced by their government to stockpile vacuum cleaners. Or light bulbs. Or toilets, or refrigerant, or detergent, or shower heads, or… How long do people intend to put up with this crap?
Plus the claim that the ban will save energy is dubious.
The ban from Monday on powerful vacuum cleaners has angered manufacturers, who say it will do nothing to make machines more environmentally friendly and will simply reduce efficiency in the home.
Critics say cleaners satisfying the new rule may use less power but householders will have to use them for longer – so they are likely to use the same amount of electricity in the long run.
Yup, you’ll have to use the vacuum for longer, like having to flush a 1.6-gallon toilet twice.
The bureaucrats, of course, tried to downplay the impact on consumers.
Marlene Holzner, the European Commission’s energy spokesman, said the amount of wattage does not automatically indicate how well a vacuum will perform.
She added what counted was how efficiently a vacuum translated its electrical power into picking up dust, and this would be measured under the new rules.
But the respected consumer magazine Which?, basically the British version of Consumer Reports, countered that most of the best models will be banned.
Last week consumer watchdog Which? warned that many of the best models that appear in its Best Buy tables will be taken off the market as a result of the new EU rule.
Of seven awarded ‘Best Buy’ status since January 2013, five have motors with a power of more than 1,600 watts, it said. The maximum wattage will be lowered further to 900 watts by 2017. Current cleaners have an average wattage of 1,800.
So the plan is to reduce the maximum power to only half of the current average and to do so within less than 3 years. We have to believe that such a dramatic loss of power would have to significantly reduce cleaning effectiveness. The only way effectiveness wouldn’t fall would be if producers, motivated by profit, manage to offset the loss of power by dramatically improving technology within a short period of time.
Left-liberals believe that only the government can save us from the profit motive. The reality is that only the profit motive can save us from the government.