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The European energy crisis can be alleviated at once

Brussels-based research institute Bruegel says removing thermostats in residential and office buildings in Europe could reduce the continent’s dependence on Russian energy by about 10 percent. According to their calculations, it was also reported by the Financial Times if 1-2 degrees Celsius minimum temperatureWe heat buildings with it It can be reduced by about 130 TWh per yearEnergy consumption in the 27 member states. By comparison, the European Union imports about 1,700 TWh of natural gas annually from Russia.

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In addition, by loosening the thermostats, according to calculations by the British Energy Savings Trust, about 10 per cent of household bills in European homes could be cut each year.

You don’t necessarily have to wear a jacket at home

Anyone who is frozen at the idea of ​​wearing a jacket at home but still doing something to reduce their energy use should consider proposing the British Energy and Utilities Consortium. According to the association, household energy consumption – and thus European households’ dependence on Russian energy – could also be reduced by uniformly decoding it. 50°C for flow heaters and boiler thermostatsR.

It also regulates the temperature of the water flowing into the radiators and the flow of hot water from the tap. According to the association, fine tuning will not reduce the temperature in our home, but the fact is that our home heats up slower. The organization calculates that only homes in the UK will refuse to control the temperature of their boilers, They can save energy for 19 TWh per year – More than half of what the UK imports from Russia (34 TWh per year).

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The UK Utilities Association also draws attention to the fact that household energy consumption (used for heating and cooling) It can be greatly reduced by insulating residential buildings. Warnings about this have already been issued at home. You can read a article on this topic here:

According to Bruegel’s analysis, although significant insulation of residential buildings can lead to significant energy savings across Europe, such as 75% of EU buildings are not sufficiently insulatedThis process is too long to provide an immediate solution in the event that the European Union nevertheless decides to ban the import of Russian natural gas.

Could a gas ticket system come?

Germany and Austria announced last week: Announces a natural gas supply crisisNick. With this, the two Western European countries have taken the first step towards centralized energy supplies. The German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection has asked German businesses and families to do so They are trying to reduce their energy consumption. The Austrian Minister of Climate Affairs made a similar request to the Austrians after he said: The filling level of gas storage facilities in Austria is only 13 percentAnd 80 percent of the gas used in Austria comes from Russia, so it’s easy not to come to an agreement with the Russians, Gas consumption in the country should be limited.

The Financial Times recalls that many European countries were forced to take a similar step during the oil crises of the 1970s, saying that the British government temporarily introduced three working days a week to reduce the energy needs of the British economy. And on the roads, the speed limit has been lowered in order to achieve: cars consume less.