One of the things I appreciate about living in Switerland is the foresight the Swiss have when it comes to safety. In these geopolitically turbulent times, the City Council of Zurich is showing a good example by identifying helpful energy-saving measures, to make sure we can all share the energy we have in a reasonable and just manner. As temperatures drop, our energy consumption tends to skyrocket, but this year that might change, as the city implements a new multi-step energy-saving plan with the motto «every kilowatt-hour saved counts».
As a first step, the most easily implementable measures will be put in place.
Lighting in public places will be reduced, the lighting of facades and logos will be turned off, hot water will be reduced in public buildings and public pools will be reduced by a degree Celsius.
Some fountains will be shot down and the cleaning of public transport vehicles will be spaced out.
This will be accompanied by a federal awareness campaign that calls companies, employees and citizens to save energy where possible.
The second step is reducing the room temperature of regularly used public buildings to 19 degrees, and infrequently used rooms to a further 15 degrees Celsius.
The lighting of historical buildings will also be switched off, the street lighting schedule will be adapted and the ice-skating rinks may open later in the season depending on the weather.
For more info, check out this helpful website that has tips on how to save energy in your home and at your workplace (in German, but hey it’s good practice).
I am going to finally keep to my resolution to turn off lights I don’t need, turn the thermostat lower this year, dig up my cosy warm jumpers and take this as an excuse to make loads of hot tea and sustainable vegan hot chocolate. Hope I can count on you to do the same!
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