Vacuums That Suck ... Using Little Energy

Vacuums are great, but they're also energy hogs. (Photo: New Africa/Shutterstock)

Just a wild guess, but there’s probably a million things around the house that you’d rather be doing instead of vacuuming the carpet. But like washing the dishes, sucking up dirt and debris from the floor with a loud, cumbersome appliance is just one of those domestic rituals that has to be done. Case closed.

I would never recommend trashing a perfectly good vacuum cleaner and replacing it with a newer, more energy efficient model. However, if your current one is broken beyond repair and you're on the market for a brand new ‘cuum, there are models that will get the job done and put a dent in your energy bills.

A vacuum cleaner may seem insignificant in terms of energy consumption when compared to larger appliances like refrigerators, but the use of multiple small appliances does add up. According to the California Energy Commission’s Consumer Energy Center, running a standard vacuum cleaner for an hour a week consumes more juice than running a washing machine for two hours a week in the cold water cycle (38 kWh/year versus 31 kWh/year). That hour of vacuuming each week also consumes about as much as energy as running a clock 24-7/365.

Without further ado, five energy-efficient suck machines for your consideration:

Electrolux Ultra Silencer Green EL6984A @ ($299)

Recently featured in The New York Times, this super-quiet vacuum from Electrolux uses 33 percent less energy than standard 2,000-watt vacuum cleaners thanks to a small but powerful motor. Better yet, it’s made from 55 percent recycled plastic salvaged from recycled cars. According to Electrolux, using 55 percent recycled plastic from the auto industry saves two liters of oil and 80 liters of water per vacuum cleaner.

Dirt Devil AccuCharge 15.6 Volt Stick Vac @ Dirt Devil ($65.99)

This ENERGY STAR-rated cordless vacuum from Dirt Devil features AccuCharge Technology which results in long-lasting battery life, quick charges, and a 70 percent reduction in energy use. It also features a fold-away handle making it easy to store.

Eureka 8-amp Motor Envirovac @ Walmart ($72.22)

This lean, green cleaning machine uses 33 percent less energy than standard upright vacuums. It also features a powerful, reusable filter that captures 99.97 of dust, allergens and small particles. According to Eureka, if 25 million households in America used an Envirovac, 6.25 million kWh of energy would be saved and the annual reduction of C02 emissions would be equivalent to keeping 855 cars of the road for a year.

Bissell 1407 Little Green Deep Clean Handheld Deep Cleaner @ ($86.83)

This cute, compact and efficient handheld deep cleaner for carpets from Bissell features a PVC-free hose and tank and a “Tough Stain Brush” and other features made from 100 percent post consumer recycled plastic. The packaging even contains a minimum of 75 percent recycled content. The cord is a generous 15 inches.

Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner @ Amazon ($483.95)

This bagless vacuum with serious suction and air purifying power from Dyson was voted “Greenest Product” on the Green Guide’s shopping guide to vacuum cleaners. The DC25 Ball comes with a washable lifetime HEPA filter that traps allergens, molds and other nasty household pollutants. The real deal, but note that super-efficient HEPA filter vacuums require powerful motors thus a bit more juice.