TV binges, heated toilets targeted in Tokyo’s energy-saving push

(Bloomberg) – The drive to save energy is coming to the living rooms, bathrooms and kitchens of Tokyo residents.

As governments around the world grapple with soaring electricity prices as war in Ukraine strains fossil fuel supply chains, authorities are looking at almost every opportunity to reduce demand for electricity. ‘electricity. In Tokyo, authorities are urging residents to watch an hour less TV a day, turn off the keep-warm mode on rice cookers and refrain from using heating functions on toilet seats until in the winter.

The suggested measures also ask households to keep their air conditioning temperature at around 28 degrees Celsius (82.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

Tokyo’s lure comes after a power crisis in March nearly led to blackouts in the Japanese capital and with tight power supplies expected through the summer and winter next. The effort underscores a new urgency from governments as they target energy-guzzling luxuries inside people’s homes as extreme weather from Texas to New Delhi strains power grids.

“We need to share this sense of crisis,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said at a May 6 press conference. “We need the support of Tokyo residents and business owners.”

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Japan’s efforts to secure electricity supply also include more conventional methods. Residents and businesses are encouraging the installation of more rooftop solar panels, while the Tokyo government is pressuring the city’s main electricity supplier to restart retired and inactive power plants.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also urged the country to consider using more nuclear power to help limit the country’s reliance on fuel imports.

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