The British way of life is under fresh threat from the EU as it targets the nation's kettles, toasters and even lawnmowers. It follows the banning this week of vacuum cleaners which have motors above the new EU limit of 1,600 watts in a bid to cut energy usage. The permitted wattage will be almost halved again from September 2017 as the limit is reduced to 900 watts. Dozens of other everyday appliances could have the power sucked out of them too and some scrapped altogether if new rules around climate change are brought in. As well the staples of the kitchen the kettle and the toaster, the list of around 30 appliance categories in the EU's sights includes heated greenhouses, power tools, aquarium lights and filters and gym equipment. Full story >>
A kettle (see pictures) is a container that is used for boiling water. It has a lid, a handle, and a spout (=a part for pouring). Traditional kettles are heated by being placed on a stove, but most kettles are electric nowadays. • Put the kettle on, will you? I fancy a cup of tea.