High-powered hairdryers under threat as EU considers ban
High-powered hairdryers are on a list of household electrical items the EU is considering banning in an attempt to curb energy consumption.
A study, commissioned by the European Commission, has identified up to 30 appliances including toasters and kettles which could be restricted.
The study forms part of the EU's energy efficiency directive aimed at helping to tackle climate change.
It follows a ban on powerful vacuum cleaners which began 1st September (see our blog)
Retailers said they had seen sales rise ahead of the deadline. Tesco said sales of vacuum cleaners had jumped 44% in the past fortnight, while Co-op Electrical has seen a 38% rise.
The EU has now turned its sights to smaller electrical appliances which are not yet covered by existing legislation.
"We haven't got round to these devices yet, we want to curb power consumption," the EU energy commissioner, Guenther Oettinger