Tepid coffee anyone? Europe rules percolators must shut off after five minutes
The new rules are part of the EU’s Ecodesign initiative, which have already seen the most powerful vacuum cleaners, and traditional light bulbs banned… “Coffee is one of the many products threatened by climate change, so it’s also good to know that when you’re making a cup, you’re doing your bit to cut down on carbon emissions too.
“With a better designed appliance you can enjoy a coffee without the bitter taste of wasting energy or adding unnecessarily to the climate problem.”
In an attempt to improve energy efficiency filter coffee machines must now switch off after five minutes of percolating to prevent electricty waste.
The European Commission claims that its new rules, which are intended to help tackle climate change, will not affect consumers as most filter machines have insulated jugs which keep coffee warm.
However those hoping for a piping pot may have to start keeping an eye on their brew if they are to still achieve the perfect cup. Espresso machines must also now power down after 30 minutes and functions keeping cups warm will end after 60 minutes.The new rules which came into force on January 1 mean that many more gadgets and appliances must automatically switch off to save energy.
New networked devices like routers, hubs, modems, connected or smart televisions and printers should be able to switch automatically into a low power standby mode if no main task is performed.