Needless

“British and other European competitors of imported Asian [vacuum cleaning] appliances that were marketed for their high wattage, said power consumption did not improve cleaning and so needlessly added to buyers’ fuel bills.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/15/us-eu-regulations-dilemma-idUKKBN0JT0RW20141215)

At this time of year, it’s hard to avoid needles added to your vacuum bill.

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Blown

“An EU energy label, to be introduced from 1 September, means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 1,600 watts.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/21/anger-as-eu-bans-most-powerful-vacuum-cleaners)

The move is intended to make Europe suck less.