Britons urged to cut energy use amid crisis – Reuters

Britons urged to cut energy use amid crisis – Reuters
Britons urged to cut energy use amid crisis – Reuters

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt walks down Downing Street in London, Britain November 17, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]

Britons will be encouraged to swap baths for showers, switch off boilers and turn off heating in empty rooms, as part of a government-led campaign to cut nationwide energy use .

The UK government will invest 25 million pounds ($30 million) in the public information campaign, Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt told a Treasury committee this week.

Hunt said UK households had a “responsibility” to cut electricity and fuel consumption by 15% to help the country weather the energy crisis that has gripped much of Europe and the rest of the world. world. Energy prices and gas supply remain extremely volatile due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The European Union adopted similar targets in August this year when member states agreed to cut gas consumption by 15% until March next year.

Hunt said people would join a “national mission” to “reduce our energy dependence” on foreign powers.

“It’s not just at the national level, but it’s for every household,” Hunt told the committee, adding that government subsidies on energy bills must be supported by individual efforts.

The government has given a £400 ($485) rebate on household fuel bills between October 2022 and March 2023, and has also guaranteed to pay the difference if annual bills exceed £2,500. The latest commitment is expected to cost the government up to £5billion a month from January next year, when annual bills are expected to reach almost £4,300, according to energy regulator Ofgem.

“So we try to help people help themselves. We’re giving them a cushion this year and next,” Hunt said. “But we need people to change their behavior.”

The Times newspaper reports that ministers have identified eight changes that can help save up to £420 a year ‘with no loss of comfort’.

These include reducing the temperature of boilers, turning off the heating when leaving, turning off radiators in empty rooms, turning off electrical appliances rather than keeping them on standby, opting for showers rather than baths.

The information campaign will include online and broadcast advertisements involving ministers and celebrities.

Last month, France launched a “general mobilization” campaign aimed at encouraging citizens to reduce their energy consumption by 10%.

This included a recommendation to limit indoor heating to 19°C. Germany also launched a campaign called “80 million together for energy change” to tackle the energy shortage.

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