Berlin, Germany’s capital, and other cities have started turning off the spotlights on historic monuments and municipal buildings in an effort to conserve energy ahead of winter. “In view of the war against Ukraine and Russia’s energy policy threats, it is important that we use our energy as carefully as possible,” Berlin’s environment senator, Bettina Jarasch said, as quoted by Insider. Munich is also starting to turn off its spotlights, while Hanover has gone a big step further, turning off the hot water in all public buildings to conserve energy. “The situation is unpredictable,” according to the mayor of the city. The conservation push comes as the European Union approved a plan proposed by the Commission to reduce gas consumption across the bloc by 15 percent between August and March next year to avoid the worst fallout of a potential Russian decision to turn off all the gas taps […]