Ditch Neckties to Save the Planet


With the rapidly changing environment, doing anything you can to help save the planet can be a plus. Spain’s leader thinks he’s discovered an energy-saving way that many men have already fully embraced.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has asked government officials, as well as people working in the private business sector to save energy by not wearing neckties to work. How this move actually saves energy have left many people scratching their heads.

Sánchez appeared at a news conference in an open-necked shirt to discuss the energy-saving move. He explained that he had dressed less formally to curb utility use, presumably by using less air conditioning but he wasn’t exactly crystal clear.

“I’d like you to note that I am not wearing a tie. That means that we can all make savings from an energy point of view,” the prime minister said. He also encouraged his ministers and public officials, “that if not necessary, don’t use a tie.”

Spain has been sweltering in the summer heat, with temperatures reaching over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The government has been urging citizens to reduce electricity costs by using less air conditioning. Rising energy costs have been affecting the country since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

In June, Spain approved economic relief measures worth more than $9.2 billion, including reductions in electricity taxes and a one-time payment of $200 for people with low incomes.


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