Big, loud, energy-sucking electric vacuum cleaners are just not needed for everyday cleaning. Many people are finding that regular carpet and floor cleaning is just as easy to do with lighter, greener models.
Electric sweepers, electric brooms and stick vacs are lightweight, so they're easier on the back and far less bulky to carry around the house and up and down stairs. These models also make it easier to vacuum under furniture. Regular vacuums require attachments for cleaning under buffets and sofas, but electric brooms often have a head that swivels, so you can lower the unit parallel to the floor while the head remains flat.
Rechargeable electric brooms are even more convenient since you won't need to vacuum around or carry the cord to keep it out of the way. They also free you from having to unplug and plug into different outlets as you move around the house.
Downsizing your vacuum will save electricity, thereby lowering your electric bill, and most agree that for regular pickup of crumbs and dust, lighter models do a fine job.