Shorter showers and less time in the sauna as Europeans cut back on energy use

Europe’s urgent push to reduce energy consumption is driving changes to everyday life as countries are looking for ways to get less heat and use less electricity.

Energy prices on the continent have soaring this year amid tensions with Russia and cut natural gas shipments. Since then, the countries have struggled to cope with the economic downturn.

And while European Union leaders and governments have sought a collective approach to solving problems on the energy front, countries are pushing to cut energy use in the region. violate their powers.

The atrium of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France, is seen in a photo taken Wednesday. Reuters reports that parliament will turn off heating in its buildings three days a week and regulate thermostats on the remaining days to save energy. (Jean-Francois Badias / The Associated Press)

That includes shutting down thermostats in many buildings – the European Parliament including.

Reuters congressional report will suspend heating and cooling of its facilities from Thursday night through Monday morning. In the past, the heating was turned off, but not off, on weekends.

Buildings in Brussels and Strasbourg will also be heated to no more than 19 degrees Celsius and cooled to no less than 25 degrees, and outside light will be limited, according to an email from parliament’s environmental regulator that Reuters quoted in its report.

In France, swimming pools are heated less than usual – or not at all.

That fact prompted an outdoor pool on the outskirts of Paris to require swimmers to wear swimwear as a precaution in case of a medical emergency for those unfamiliar with the colder temperatures.

The Nogent Nautique Aquatic Center on the outskirts of Paris has mandated swimwear as a precaution against medical emergencies for those not used to swimming in colder water. The swimmer above was seen in the outdoor pool on Thursday, on a day when temperatures stood at 19 degrees Celsius. (Lucien Libert / Reuters)

But the heat at the Nogent Nautique pool has been off since mid-May for financial reasons.

Lifeguard Guy Dalpayrat said the aim was to keep the pool open for as long as possible, possibly until the temperature dropped below 15 degrees Celsius.

French government this week announced plans to cut energy consumption 10% increase over the next two years, compared to 2019 levels. It encourages people to shower for shorter periods of time and leave rooms unheated above 19 C.

Similarly, the Finnish Government is also urging citizens to cut down on their energy use, with Agence-France Presse reported extended to the time spent in the home sauna.

Ilka and Anne-Niemi are seen in the sauna at their home in Vaasa, Finland, last month. Finns are being urged to lower their temperatures this winter, take shorter baths and spend less time in their favorite saunas as Europe faces a postwar energy crisis. Russia in Ukraine. (Oliver Morin/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy costs are also an issue for businesses – and in some cases, cutting energy use won’t do much to keep them running.

A 90-year-old bakery in Cologne, Germany, is shutting down this month, owned by Engelbert Schlechtrimen indicates increased energy costs is the reason for the pending closure.

He told the Associated Press he’s tried to cut down on energy use, but that only goes so far.

A 90-year-old family-run bakery in Cologne, Germany, will close this month as its operators can no longer afford the soaring energy prices caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine. (Daniel Niemann / The Associated Press)

Germany said it will spend up to 200 billion euros (approximately Cdn$270 billion) to help people and businesses deal with high energy prices.

But there are concerns about the country still can’t reduce its power consumption enough.

Across the North Sea, Britain is facing “significant risk” of gas shortages this winter and a possible emergency, the country’s energy regulator, Ofgem, has warned. in this week.

Although Russia only meets about 4% of the UK’s gas needs, supply disruptions to Europe have contributed to price increase in UK and made it difficult for Britain to secure gas from other countries.

In the event of a gas supply problem, the UK regulator and the National Grid may be forced to restrict gas supplies to power plants to ensure adequate supply to the utilities. family.

The BBC reports that, despite these challenges, the British government will not ask the British to cut down on their energy use.

Diane Skidmore, a London pensioner, is seen looking towards the smartwatch at her residence in a photo taken in August. (Susannah Ireland / AFP / Getty Images)


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