Inefficient vacuum cleaners to be swept from European stores | GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY XYZ |
According to the European Commission, an energy-efficient vacuum can save consumers in the ballpark of 70 euros ($83) over the lifetime of the machine. If all of Europe were to ditch inefficient older models, 20 terawatt hours of electricity could be saved by 2020. This is roughly equivalent to the annual household electricity consumption of all of Belgium. In the end, an inefficient vacuum-free Europe would halt 6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted, which is about the same annual emissions of eight standard power plants.