One in six Italians face fuel poverty — RT Business News

The southern regions of the country are most at risk, warns the Italian General Confederation of Crafts

One in six Italians, or up to nine million people, could fall into fuel poverty due to soaring EU bills, Italian news agency ANSA reported on Saturday, citing the Italian General Confederation of Energy. ‘Arts and crafts.

A household is considered to be in energy poverty if it cannot afford to heat its home regularly in winter or use air conditioning in summer, and is forced to stop using energy-intensive household appliances, or severely limit its use.

The southern regions of the country would be the most affected. In Campania, between 519,000 and 779,000 households use electricity or gas irregularly. In Sicily, the figure is between 481,000 and 722,000, and in Calabria there are 287,000 such households.

Earlier this week, local media reported that Italy’s Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani planned to ask the entire population to turn down the heating from October. Italy has already introduced some limits on the use of central heating in public buildings and apartment buildings, and these are expected to be tightened under the new measures.

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On Friday, Italy’s Serie A football league announced plans to limit the use of floodlights in stadiums to four hours on match days, as part of energy-saving measures. The new rule is expected to reduce the electricity consumption of projectors by approximately 25%.

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