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Governments in Europe have asked people to go easy on Christmas lights this year as Russia’s crackdown on gas supplies is putting a lot of pressure on the continent.

With Russia withholding gas, countries like Germany, Portugal, Denmark and Austria are trying their best to make use of the little gas they have left for winter.

Deutsche Umwelthilfe is a non-profit environmental organisation in Germany that has suggested Christmas lights in houses, apartment and cities should be unplugged this year. The NPO has suggested that communities should consider having just one lit Christmas tree and not one per household as is the case in most countries across the continent.

Two other European countries that have already come up with ideas to save on gas this Christmas are Austria and Portugal.

According to Bloomberg, Austria is expected to delay the turning on of the lights at Christmas markets in its capital, Vienna, while Portugal’s government recently announced that Christmas lighting should only be switched on from 18:00 to midnight between December 6 and January 6.

Energy-saving measures have been implemented by several European governments after Russia cut gas supplies to Europe as the continent increased its sanctions against Russia for the invasion of Ukraine.

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