Newspaper: Dutch government calls for a five-minute shower

The Dutch government has launched a campaign to reduce shower time to five minutes, but not all residents support this, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper reported that Carla General, The Noordwijk woman used to bathe in hot water for 15 minutes, but her boyfriend, who takes a cold shower in a minute and a half, does not understand such waste, so he bought her a 5-minute sand timer. .

According to the newspaper, the Dutch government is now trying to convince this woman and others like her to save money by using hot water.

In an interview with the newspaper, Carla Generalal, 37, said rising electricity bills and potential shortages motivate her enough. “Now I shower in five minutes. And only once a month,” she said.

The newspaper confirms that local authorities in one of the north-eastern provinces of the Netherlands distributed the aforementioned timers to residents to motivate them to supply hot water.

Thea Dirks, a music journalist based in Amsterdam, says she has always tried to limit her energy intake, so she only showers once a week and it takes no more than 5 minutes. The 58-year-old woman said she commutes to work by bike.

Meanwhile, scientist Rint Jean Raines, who is used by the government as a consultant in the process of persuading citizens to save energy, noted that residents like to save money and care about the environment, but are suspicious of government requests and usually do so. not make personal sacrifices without good reason.

“For many, the bathroom remains a sacred place,” the newspaper writes. For example, Friesland Mendert, a 23-year-old climate-conscious student, usually chooses to travel by train but refuses to cut his usual shower time short. He argues that in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, energy consumption “in key industries” must be reduced.

Source: RIA Novosti

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