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What are European countries doing to cut power consumption?

By Lisa O'Carroll, Jennifer Rankin, Jon Henley, Rory Carroll, Philip Oltermann and Sam Jones

18 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Is Europe doing enough to combat the looming energy crisis? In this article, we hear about how different countries are trying to minimize their energy usage.

Paris is switching off the Eiffel Tower lights an hour early, Milan has turned off public fountains, and Hanover is offering gym users cold rather than hot showers in an effort to combat potential energy shortages this winter.

At the same time, the public are being encouraged to do their bit by avoiding using household appliances between 4pm and 7pm, stock up on blankets and slow down their driving.

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