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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.