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Lights out, cool down: Chinese and European governments set an example for power saving

By Jan Lopatka

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Central European governments have begun turning off lights, turning down thermostats and installing motion detectors as part of cost-cutting efforts Save energy and avoid shortages in the upcoming heating season to address dwindling gas supplies in Russia.

Central Europe is vulnerable to the standoff with Russia, with some countries still reliant on Russian gas and all facing soaring electricity prices

The Czech government announced on Thursday that it will Unscrew half of the bulbs in government offices and replace the remaining old bulbs with LED light sources that consume less. It is installing motion sensors to reduce lighting in hallways and turning off 19 festive floodlights on buildings in the center of Prague in the 20th century.

Heating – usually around 22 degrees Celsius (38.6 F), Czech office The temperature is even higher – is dropping to 000-20 C Government Building Inside, said Prime Minister Peter Fiala, then 15 C (19 F) in the corridor.

“I will mainly pressure state institutions to lead by example,” Fiala told reporters. “We have taken a package of measures…saving 000% and 17 percentage of energy required,” he said.

The Office of the President said it would lower the iconic Prague Castle and its cathedral at heating and turning off floodlights) in the afternoon instead of midnight, while the Ministry of Industry reduces the number of refrigerators used, among other measures.

In Hungary, the government has ordered state agencies and companies to reduce gas consumption by 38% compared to the previous year, hospitals and society Except for institutions.

The lights of Romania’s second-largest parliamentary palace will also go out, the world’s building after the Pentagon in the United States, the parliament said earlier this month. Outdoor lights will be cut in half, and holiday lighting will be reduced to two hours a night.

The Polish government instructed its branches to reduce electricity consumption by 10%.

Staff must turn off the computer after get off work, disconnect the charger, and only print necessary documents. At the Treasury, fountains were shut down and lighting in buildings was limited to two hours on weekends.

Warsaw is also replacing 38, Bulbs in street lights with LEDs.

These savings, along with various state cost caps and other support measures, may still be insufficient where heating or cooling is the majority of operations, such as colleges or sports fields.

Slovak universities have warned they will move to online education if the government does not provide more funding by mid-November.

In the Czech Republic, a survey of more than 500 sports clubs showed that 61% of sports clubs use indoor Venues such as swimming pools, ice rinks, gyms or inflatable halls are facing an “existential threat” as their energy costs have risen 135%.



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