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Sudden surge in vacuum cleaner sales

From September 1st manufacturers will no longer be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 1600 watts due to a new a new EU energy label. This has meant consumers have been buying up the more powerful models while they are still available. The retail giant Tesco said sales had risen by around forty four percent over the past couple of weeks as customers rushed to buy the more powerful vacuum cleaner while they were still available. However, suppliers who still hold unsold stocks of the more powerful models will still be able to sell them until stocks run out.

No need to be concerned though, because a larger motor does not always guarantee a better suction. But a bigger motor will almost certainly cost more in electricity to run. The difference may not be huge over the period of a year, but still worth considering.

Dyson’s most advanced vacuum cleaner yet

Twenty years ago Dyson set a new standard for vacuum cleaners by introducing the world’s first bagless cleaner vacuum cleaner. Now, 20 years later they have set a new standard with the Cinetic vacuum cleaner by introducing a machine with no filters to wash, maintain or replace. The Dyson DC52 Cinetic vacuum cleaner hasn’t been engineered to just pass an IEC test, Dyson engineers tested it with 10 years’ worth of aggressive test dust, testing over 9,000 hours. In fact, the new Cinetic vacuum cleaner has been engineered so that in its lifetime it will never lose suction.

Watch the video below to find out more…

Steam cleaning your home with Karcher

Karcher steam cleaners provide a great way to help you clean your home including stubborn areas where extra effort is normally required using hand cleaning methods. A Karcher steam cleaner enables you to clean deeper without chemicals, making them a natural and environmentally-friendly solution. This provides a family-friendly alternative from chemical cleaners that aggravate allergies and are harmful to children.

Cutting down on housework

How much time do you spend doing household chores?

A short report in The Telegraph today describes how technology has reduced the time we spend cleaning and tidying up our homes to a fraction of what it used to be, and in the future we can expect it to be reduced even more.

The report says that “New research claims that Britons used to spend 63 hours a week on housework in 1953, but improvements in washing machines, dishwashers, dryers and vacuum cleaners mean that figure has declined sharply over the last three decades. Today, many people expect chores to be a thing of the past by 2033”

It then goes on to say that… “in a survey commissioned by electronics giant LG, respondents said they expected the technology of the near future to include a fridge that automatically placed online shopping orders, a washing machine that could be activated using a mobile phone, vacuum cleaners with a mind of their own and an oven that detects if food is burnt and turns itself off.”

Sounds great doesn’t it? But what are we doing with all that extra time?

I suspect quite a proportion of us are working to pay for these ‘time saving’ devices, and many more of us are spending our extra time watching TV and surfing the internet.

Full report by Matt Warman on technology news page at The Telegraph