The Dutch are known for being stingy, but when it comes to using electricity they can teach Israel/Israelis a thing or two. When you leave a (bed)room, you just turn off the light if you are not going to re-enter that room within a couple of minutes. Also, the electricity company could have certain "happy hours", during which electricity is cheaper so people can was their laundry or start the dishwasher at reduced rates. Which is in Dutch cities 23.00-07.00 on weekdays and the entire weekend. Of course shabbath might be difficult for observing Jews, but friday or sunday could be an option. Nowadays machines have timers so that should not be a problem either. Whenever I visit friends and family in Israel, their houses are fully lit, even in unoccupied rooms, such a waste. I must add that electricity in Holland is 3 times more costly than Israel due to environment taxes and VAT of 20%.
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