Remember showerheads and lightbulbs?

Remember Clark with the help of the Greens wanting to legislate your life to the point where you would be prevented from having a “wasteful” shower?

It seems the Europeans never managed to throw similar bureaucrats out.

They’ve already banned powerful vacuum cleaners and outlawed traditional lightbulbs.

Now Brussels has come up with a new way to force us to save energy – and it will be particularly hard to swallow for coffee lovers.

EU bureaucrats want our new percolators to switch off automatically within five minutes of brewing.

New measures came into effect yesterday which demand that everything from computer modems to ‘smart’ televisions must have the ability to go into standby mode if no task is performed for several minutes.

Although coffee machines bought at Christmas are likely to be exempt from the ruling, new ones must meet the stringent EU energy regulations.

As with vacuum cleaners, it is understood shops can still sell the old models while stocks last.

But it could prompt another retail frenzy as people rush to snap up percolators that do not go on standby after several minutes.

Yes.  Coffee percolators that are forced to not keep your coffee warm by turning off after two minutes, and vacuum cleaners that aren’t allowed to be powerful enough to suck dust from your carpet.  

The European Commission says the changes will save consumers money on their electricity bills and be better for the environment, but critics say it will leave people with cold coffee.

The new rules state that drip filter coffee machines that have insulated jugs to keep the drink warm must power down their heated plate or element five minutes after brewing.

Those with non-insulated jugs must go on standby within 40 minutes of use. Espresso machines should turn off after half an hour.

It is the latest in a string of controversial energy-saving changes brought in by the EU.

Traditional lightbulbs have already been axed and Europe barred powerful vacuum cleaners in September – which sparked a stampede to buy high-power models in the UK.

The EU is also expected to impose limits on high-power hairdryers, irons, kettles, toasters and even lawn mowers.

This is what happens when you keep a trough filled with tax payers money.  At some point, some idiot at a desk feels they need to earn the money they’re getting and they make up these sorts of suffocating rules.

Don’t for a moment doubt that this is the way of the Green Party of New Zealand, and the Labour Party similarly drift into excessive micromanagement of people’s daily lives.

It is vital we extinguish these kinds of ideas as soon as they are mooted.  Because once they get a toe-hold, you can kiss your warm cuppa goodbye.

From yesterday, new devices connected to the internet 24 hours a day such as modems, routers and smart TVs and printers must also go into standby mode when not in use.

Stupid thing is, when they make these compliant devices for the EU, you can bet they’ll end up here too.  Personally, I have stuff running all the time, and if they’re going to be turning off my computer equipment because not doing so is against the law, I can foresee some civil disobedience in my future.

The changes to vacuum cleaners prompted public outcry in what was later dubbed ‘Hoovergate’. The directive banned vacuum cleaners of more than 1,600 watts in an attempt to reduce energy consumption and this will be further reduced to 900 watts by 2017

It’s coming.  If not via our government, then by stealth.

– Mail Online


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