Let’s keep saving energy !

The #SaveEnergyToday initiative was launched during the European Sustainable Energy Week in June 2015 #EUSEW15 by the Coalition for Energy Savings in partnership with the European Commission’s DG Energy. The Coalition for Energy Savings calls on the EU to commit itself to a 40% energy saving target by 2030, and to step up policies, measures and investments in order to stop energy waste and tap the considerable energy savings potentials.

The #SaveEnergyToday photo contest aimed at sharing energy-saving ideas from citizens from all around Europe. I decided to take part in it. I made eight pictures and a few weeks later, I won the first prize !

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Housing and transport constitute major sources of energy consumption. I am convinced that energy saving starts at home. For me, this initiative was an opportunity to explain to my kids why it is so important to save energy, and I used the little playmobil figures to get them involved and we had a lot of fun!

The winning picture, Let the sunshine in! Daylight is free”,  is about electricity saving. Other pictures were about good habits such as: do not leave the freezer door open for too long, the importance of taking short showers, the use of a plug adaptor, encourage biking… You can have a look at the pictures here.

I would like to congratulate the organisers for the great initiative and to thank them for the wonderful prize (a tablet and a solar charger!) and the nice reception they organised at the EHI (Association of the European Heating Industry) headquarters. The atmosphere was very friendly and I received a very “warm” welcome!

Thank you so much! And let’s keep saving energy!

Prize Tablet-charger

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10 energy-saving tips for parents

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Active Ageing for all?

Active ageing means helping people stay in charge of their own lives for as long as possible as they age and, where possible, to contribute to the economy and society (EC)

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As in our societies, people tend to live longer and in good health –a very positive development indeed– it is quite logical that the EU highlights all the advantages of ‘active ageing’ (remaining active on the labour market is good for the pension schemes), not forgetting either that older citizens represent an attractive population for a series of markets (travel, culture, leisure, sports, education, life-long learning…), at least when considering those who have the financial means to purchase these services… This is where the EU shows the limits of its approach: there seems to be less interest for those older citizens who do not have the resources to invest in leisure activities etc, and are no longer on the labour market -sometimes have been out of it for many years.

How does the EU involve its older citizens who do not have the opportunity of travelling, buying season tickets for concerts or following courses for senior citizens? Are we not once again catering for the ‘have’s’ and neglecting the ‘have-not’s’? What is the EU doing to reduce the gap between them?