All spaces with direct entry from the street have until September 30 to install a system of doors that remain closed when no one is entering or leaving. In addition, they have until September 2 to post information about the interior temperatures and measures taken to save energy.
These energy saving measures, which will be in force until November 2023, cover official and public administration buildings, commercial spaces, hotels and restaurants, cultural spaces (such as cinemas, theatres, museums or auditoriums), trains, buses and airports.
The decree published by the Spanish Government provides for exceptions for the air conditioning and heating of spaces such as the kitchens of restaurants, gyms, hairdressers, hospitals, nursing homes or laboratories. Public lighting will remain unchanged, but the lighting of shop windows and public buildings that are not being used will have to be turned off from 22:00 onwards.
“Energy saving is the fastest and most economical way to face the current energy crisis and reduce bills”, defends the Spanish Government.
The “immediate effect measures” that come into effect at midnight will be joined by additional ones, in coordination with regional governments and local authorities, with the Spanish executive guaranteeing that it will approve a more complete “contingency plan” in September.
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By Fred Doe from Algarve on 09 Aug 2022, 23:33
27c (80.6f) is HOT and uncomfortable! That is really a stretch. I can't imagine working or going anywhere like when the temperatures are high and hot. I'm definitely not going to sit in a nice restaurant unless wearing shorts and a tank top and having a fan blowing on me. People in offices will be uncomfortable, nasty and short of patience. The 19c for heat is kind of "nippy" but fortunately people can wear sweaters, long sleeves ++. There really should be a 5 degree drop from 27 to 22c to be comfortable. They can't figure another plan out??? That will kill tourism. I remember being in a hotel in Barcelona where the hotel controlled the AC in Sept. I had to take a sleeping pill AND a glass of wine to get to sleep it was so hot and of course I felt like .... the next morning for an entire week! I swore I would never go to a hotel in Spain that didn't have individual AC. I feel badly for Spainards and hope to heck that shock plan doesn't come to Portugal.
By Wesley from USA on 10 Aug 2022, 06:09
No air conditioning when I grew up, so it will be a return to those days. The turning off of lights at night in shops is a great idea, so should office blocks and public spaces. Safety can be maintained by installing PIR lights, which will add to safety as they will come on with movement. We all have to get used to doing things differently. Maybe an allowance of energy per person per household? That way those with deep pockets can be held accountable for energy usage the same as we peons.
By Ian from Beiras on 25 Jan 2023, 07:10