Europe is trying to conserve energy in an effort to manage the crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. For many places, that means turning off the lights.
Several regions in Germany, one of the EU members most dependent on Russian gas imports, are scrambling to find solutions to reduce consumption – Hannover switching to cold showers in all public buildings. Germany has implemented a new law to save energy across the country through temporary measures such as banning the lighting of monuments.
In Paris, the Eiffel Tower will see its lights go out an hour earlier than usual from this week, and the water temperature in municipal swimming pools will be lowered. In the rest of the country, around 12,000 municipalities have totally or partially turned off public lighting at night.
Spain has opted for a curfew, with shops and monuments now required to dim the lights and close at 10 p.m. sharp – although those efforts could prove futile as Madrid opted to put up the lights Christmas in September.
Here is a brief overview of the impact of energy savings in some European cities.