MOSCOW, October 1 – Novosti. UK pubs and restaurants are increasingly lighting candles instead of electric lighting due to exorbitant utility costs, and swimming pools are encouraging customers to shower at home, reports The Independent.
As the newspaper notes, many enterprises reported a predicted increase in their electricity costs by more than 500%, while some of them have already been forced to close.
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For example, The Masons Arms pub in Cornwall switched to using candles on Mondays to cut energy bills. According to the owners of the institution, all the companies around are looking for strategies to survive, closing several days a week to save costs. “We’re going back to 1753 when The Masons Arms opened,” lamented one of the pub’s owners.
The owner of the Crown Inn pub in Middleton, Callum Nolan, also said he will switch to candles and will not succumb to “crazy” electricity price increases. He added that he did not rule out not paying his bill next month due to a 200% increase in spending.
Another pub, Thomas Daniell from Cornwall, is planning a complete blackout for a day next month. In addition, the institution was forced to stop working on Mondays and Tuesdays. “Everyone is struggling with the cost of living. It’s getting out of hand,” pub manager Jamie Hilton-Lavender complained.
Rising energy prices have also affected companies associated with the fitness industry. For example, the management of Jesmond Pool and Gym in Newcastle , which operates on the basis of a charity, published a special survey for its clients, which mentioned that when using the shower, visitors consume a significant amount of water, as well as energy for it. heating. “Could you shower at home instead of the pool?” – leads the publication of an excerpt from the survey.
Western countries are faced with rising energy prices and a surge in inflation due to the imposition of sanctions against Moscow and the policy of abandoning Russian fuel. Due to the rise in the price of fuel, primarily gas, industry in the West has largely lost its competitive advantages, which has also affected other sectors of the economy. Also, the United States and European countries are facing record inflation in decades.
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