Improving the energy efficiency of a number of household appliances, from laptops to electric toothbrushes, is part of the EU ecodesign measures that become even more important in the current context of confinement due to COVID-19, a context in which household energy consumption tends to increase.
The Commission Regulation on external power sources entered into force on April 1, 2020. Thanks to this Regulation, European consumers will be able to save on their bills, contribute to achieving the EU's energy saving objectives and reduce emissions.
External power supplies are used, for example, in consumer electronics (smartphones, speakers, sound systems, televisions), in ICT products (modems, routers, laptops, tablets, electronic displays), small kitchen devices (blenders, juicers) and appliances for personal hygiene (razors, electric toothbrushes).
External power supplies are power adapters that are used to convert the main electrical current to lower voltages. They are very frequent in European households, with an average of ten per household and more than 2 billion in total in the EU.
The new regulations will make these external power supplies more energy efficient. Starting 2030, electric power savings are expected to be more than 4 TWh / year, equivalent to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of more than 1.4 million tons of CO2 equivalent per year.
The Ecodesign Regulation for External Power Sources is part of a broader package of measures adopted last year, consisting of 10 Ecodesign Regulations and 6 Energy Labeling Regulations.
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