A new EU Regulation on External power supplies aimed at making a range of household appliances more energy efficient - from laptops to electric toothbrushes – enters into force as of April 1, the European Commission (EC) announced Tuesday.
The EC said that as a result, European consumers will be able to save on their household bills, help reach EU-wide energy savings and reduce emissions.
The new rules will make the external power supplies more efficient, aligning them to the highest standards worldwide, according to the EC.
"It is expected that electricity savings across the EU of over 4 TWh/year will be generated by 2030, enough to power the whole of Latvia for a month. This will result in avoiding greenhouse gas emission of more than 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year," the EC explained.
The Commission noted that external power supplies, which are power adaptors used to convert electricity from household power mains into lower voltages, are very common in European households, with an average of ten per household and more than 2 billion in total in the EU.
They are used to power products such as consumer electronics (smartphones, loudspeakers, sound systems, some televisions), ICT products (modems, routers, laptops, tablets, electronic displays), small kitchen appliances (blenders, juicers), and personal convenience products (shavers, electric toothbrushes).
By Ebru Sengul Cevrioglu