Expensive energy, oven turned off for half Italians: goodbye also to stoves and hair dryers

The data in the first Coldiretti/Censis report: 38% who use the vacuum cleaner less and 40% who try to do without even the washing machine

Italians gripped by the serious economic and energy crisis are changing their cooking habits with half of Italians (50%) who have decided to reduce or give up the use of electric ovens and 35% who have cut back on the use of gas hobs for contain energy consumption and pay less on bills in a time of serious economic crisis for families and uncertainty for the future. This is what emerges from the first Coldiretti/Censis report ‘Italians and food in crises and beyond’ presented on the occasion of the XX International Agriculture and Food Forum at Villa Miani in Rome.

The alarm for the energy war linked to the conflict in Ukraine, with the appeals of the institutions to reduce the consumption of gas and electricity and the foreseeable increase in bills with the arrival of the cold season after months of temperate climate have breached the habits of Italians. The renunciation of cooking food mainly affects low-income families who in 54% of cases have reduced or eliminated the use of the electric oven, compared to 32% of high incomes, while 51% have reduced or renounced the use of the kitchen with gas stove, against 25% of high incomes.

But the cuts within the home don’t end there. As many as 55% of Italians – according to the Coldiretti/Censis survey – declare that they also reduce the use of radiators or electric heaters. In any case, more attention is paid to the entire household management of daily life, from the use of the iron, which has decreased by 45% of citizens, to the hairdryer, which has been renounced by 33%. But in addition to ironed clothes and styling, there was also a cut in home cleaning, with 38% using the vacuum cleaner less and 40% trying to do without even the washing machine.