Many EU countries have introduced measures, months ago, to cut down on energy use this Winter as a result of the Russian War. We urgently need to cut energy use as electricity & gas will be short in peak periods. The current proposals concentrate on drastically cutting use by major employers. These are Irelands major exporters which our prosperity depends on and many have continuous processes which cannot be easily stopped & restarted.
There is a need for other users to cut down especially when there is a potential shortage and high prices. Thermostats need to be turned down and people wear warmer clothes and a Government scheme is needed to encourage this. Also the time of a shortage, possibly from 5 to 7 pm, needs to be identified and voluntary turning off heating and appliances encouraged in that time.