Switzerland’s environment minister is facing backlash after recommending that people shower together in an effort to cut energy consumption this winter and fend off power cuts.
Simonetta Sommaruga, 62, suggested that people “turn off the computer when you don’t need it, or turn off lights, or shower together” as part of her measures promoting a 15 percent reduction in energy consumption, The Times of London reported.
‘Administer Our Private Lives’Sommaruga’s comments have been heavily criticized by Géraldine Savary, editor of the women’s magazine Femina.
She jokingly added that Swiss residents should wake up to the sound of “chirping birds,” because they have disconnected their alarm clocks, and eat breakfast in “the darkness of the kitchen” before going to work “arm in arm, having left the car, the scooter and the electric bicycle in the garage.”
The backlash prompted Sommaruga to tell the Swiss daily Tages-Anzeiger that her comments regarding showering together were intended for young people.
She noted that “after a certain age, showering together is no longer suitable for everyone,” but said she believed the idea of showering together to reduce energy consumption had been widely well-received, The Times of London reported.
Russian state-owned energy corporation Gazprom recently announced it wouldn’t be resuming gas flows any time soon through its Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany. The oil giant has not yet provided an official reopening timeline.