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Thursday's papers: Energy savings mistakes, children's ball, continuing snow

Morning papers look at some energy savings dos and don'ts, as well as how households can best contribute to fighting climate change.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin and members of the cabinet welcoming children to an Independence Day celebration on Wednesday. Image: Linda Tammela / Yle
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Tampere's Aamulehti writes (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that not all measures meant to save energy in homes are a good idea.

The paper spoke with Niina Lehtonen, regional director of the real estate management company Tampereen Talopalvelut, and she pointed to a few mistakes people make when trying to trim their power consumption.

One common mistake is to try to cut back on ventilation, with the idea that it will keep heat in, and costs down.

Lehtonen's advice about ventilation systems is, "You shouldn't mess with them."

"The purpose of ventilation is to dry the house. If it doesn't work, there will be problems with moisture," she pointed out.

Asked if one can leave the sauna door open after bathing to take advantage of the leftover heat, Niina Lehtonen said that this is a fine idea, as it helps dry the washroom.

In contrast, turning off floor heating in the bathroom is not a good idea, as the floor will stay wet for a longer time, creating the risk that moisture may seep in and cause structural damage.

Two easy and efficient ways to save energy at home are to change over to LED lights where possible, and if one lives in a flat with a balcony, to make sure that the door seals are in good condition and prevent drafts.

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Climate choices

Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) looks at a report by the Finnish Climate Change Panel that says that low-emission choices by consumers play a significant role in Finland's efforts to fight climate change.

The panel, which is an an independent advisory council, points to two main opportunities – changes in diet and changes in transport.

Shifting to electric vehicles and increasing the use of public transport would have a clear impact, and this trend is already being seen.

When it comes to dietary change, however, the Climate Change Panel says Finland is stalemated.

A more climate-sustainable diet would require a reduction in the consumption of meat and dairy products. But in order for this to happen, it would require a change in national agricultural policies. Current policies support meat and milk production.

The Climate Change Panel says that the combined effect of Finland's climate policy and the additional measures proposed in its latest report could reduce the carbon footprint of households from 2015 levels by almost 50 percent by 2030.

Children's Independence Day Ball

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) welcomed hundreds of children to their very own Independence Day celebration at the House of the Estates in Helsinki on Wednesday, following a two-year suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As Ilta-Sanomat reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun), this is an annual event that brings children from all around the country to the capital for their own evening of entertainment, dance and a handshake with the prime minister and other dignitaries.

Each year, every municipality in the country is invited to send 10-year-olds to the ball. This year, of the 564 children invited, 558 were in attendance.

The theme of the celebration was "creators of the future", and the children were asked to make a drawing, photograph, poem, story or other piece of art reflecting the day's theme, which were all digitally displayed at the venue.

Abandoned pandemic pets

The farmer's union paper Maaseudun Tulevaisuus carries a feature (siirryt toiseen palveluun) about the Kotipesä animal shelter in Kokkola and what its director, Pekka Puolimatka, sees as a growing indifference to the welfare of pets.

The majority of animals the shelter cares for are cats, around 300 a year, plus some thirty or so dogs.

"When it comes to cats, the indifference of people is in a class of its own and also year-round. Cats are dumped like garbage bags," says Puolimatka.

A new class of abandoned animals the shelter has been caring for are pandemic pets.

"Spending more time at home inspired people to get pets, usually a cat. However, they did so without much thought. Once there was no longer any interest, money or abilty to take care of them, they became a burden. This is really sad, and says a lot about these people, as well," Pekka Puolimatka notes.

Puolimatka says that the animals at the Kotipesä shelter always manage to get a "forever home".

"A couple hundred cats a year get new servants. However, the criteria for a new home are very strict. As an animal care facility, we have a responsibility and obligation to take good care of each animal and to ensure that it gets the treatment it deserves as a new family member."

Snowy roads

Iltalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun) is among the papers reporting that the snowfall seen overnight across large parts of the country will continue on Thursday, and warms motorists to be prepared for bad driving weather.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute has issued warnings of dangerous driving weather that are in force until Thursday evening.

Potentially dangerous conditions on the roads are forecast to continue through the evening in all parts of the country with the exception of the northeast and Finnish Lapland.

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