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European consumers will have to save energy to deal with the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine

European consumers will have to save energy to deal with the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine

France’s energy regulator has called on businesses and consumers to save power in a drive to deal with the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on energy supplies.

“We have to economise on gas and electricity in France from today or else things could get difficult next winter,” said Jean-François Carenco, president of the Commission for the Regulation of Energy. “Everybody should make an effort: manufacturers, service providers, public buildings but also every individual. Whether it means turning down the heating, the air-conditioning, the lights — it’s urgent and everyone must play their part.”

Such calls for energy savings are spreading around the world. A recent paper by the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said reducing Britain’s oil and gas consumption could be an important tool to help Europe to move away from Russian energy. The Guardian suggested such behavioural changes as turning down the thermostat on a boiler by 1C, keeping shower time to four minutes, and turning lights off when leaving a room.

The International Energy Agency has also revealed a 10-point plan to cut oil use as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has deepened concerns about supply. It has urged consumers to travel less, share transport and drive more slowly. Other recommendations included working from home, car-free days in cities, cheaper public transport and more carpooling.

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