UK officials are expected to call on the public to reduce their thermostats in the event of winter blackouts.
Britons will be asked by the government to cut back on their heating prior to Christmas to conserve energy, a report on Monday morning claims.
Like numerous other European nations, Britain is currently facing the not-insignificant risk of power cuts in the next winter months due to the continent-wide shortages caused by the fatal mix of green agenda policies and war in the Ukraine War.
According to a report in The Telegraph, the UK Business Secretary, Grant Shapps, is scheduled to speak to the general public prior to the winter break to provide suggestions on how best to reduce energy consumption.
Shapps expects to instruct Britons to reduce their thermostats by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) to lower their energy consumption. He will also give recommendations regarding reducing the flow rate of boilers and installation of efficient light bulbs.
Other politicians from the UK Tory party are calling on the government to tell people to shut their curtains in the evening, and cut down on the hours they use their homes heat in order to reduce consumption.
Although the guidance to be announced in the next few weeks is designed to help an average Briton lower their energy consumption, some aspects of the upcoming public campaign bear striking similarities to British blackout strategies.
Particularly, the so-called “stage 2” of the “gas emergency” blackout prevention plan is believed to include an awareness-raising campaign that aims at encouraging the general public to cut down on their consumption of gas.
The campaign for people to “use as little gas as possible” will be bolstered by campaigns on radio TV, social media, and radio.
If such strategies fail, the message would change to demand that people quit fueling up completely and that officials begin stopping businesses that use the majority of the scarce gas supply.
As with Britain's off-and-on COVID lockdowns, the documents state that this move will need repeated, hefty demands to convince the public to adhere to the plan, and it is anticipated that many will soon become tired of having to cut down on their energy consumption.
“It is anticipated that the effect of public appeals would diminish as time passes and that they would need to be repeated and reinforced at frequent intervals and eventually it is possible that the reduction in demand from the appeals would be insufficient,” the document states.