Europe believes that it is using air conditioning beyond its means. So you are limiting it to 27ºC

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The northern hemisphere is facing an especially hot summer, and the high temperatures are compounded by the problem of energy costs, which do not stop rising. The situation could worsen due to the Ukraine War, and in Spain the Government has taken a singular decision to try to contain the situation. It is not the only European country to do so, but that has implications.

Nothing to go below 27 degrees. This week Pedro Sanchez ad a package of measures for energy saving and efficiency. With them, shops, hotels or public buildings are obliged (there are logical exceptions) to limit the use of air conditioning to 27 degrees in summer (and heating to 19 degrees in winter).

The measure will be in force until at least November 2023, and Teresa Ribera assured that “we cannot afford to lose any kilowatt hours.” Fines for those who do not comply, they can reach 100 million euros. Businesses are also required to turn off shop windows and exterior lighting systems after 10 pm and to keep their doors closed to avoid wasting energy.

Europe sings the ‘winter is coming’. The measures announced in Spain are not the only ones being announced in European countries. Ursula von der Leyen recommended take steps to reduce gas demand “and prepare for winter. The European institutions have already implemented measures such as reducing the use of air conditioning, traveling by bicycle or teleworking.

The war in Ukraine and dependence on Russian gas supplies have caused other European Union states to start preparing for the worst as well. Not only to combat the winter cold, but also to combat a heat for which much of Europe She was not prepared. The measures are diverse, and the examples, assorted.

France. At the moment the measures are less oriented to public entities and more to private ones. Thus, stores must have their doors closed or they will face fines of 750 euros, and they must also stop using light signals as soon as they close, in addition to reducing the intensity of the lighting. Macron’s “energy sobriety” plan have The objective is to reduce energy consumption by more than 10% in the next two years.

Germany. The German country is turning off the illumination of its monuments and disconnecting its fountains. Cities like Hanover have announced their own measures: cold showers in sports centers and municipal swimming pools. Dependence on Russian gas has driven radiator sales, and the country has cut its imports of Russian gas from 55% before the conflict to 35% today.

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Greece. The country, which has a strong dependence on Russian gas – 40% of its supply comes from there – announced in June the “thermostat operation” to achieve a 10% reduction in energy consumption this year. The air conditioning will not be able to be below 27 ºC in public buildings. Workers are urged to make sure they turn off their computers at the end of the day, and a €640 million program has been announced to refurbish windows and heating and cooling systems in buildings.

Italy. Same measures for air conditioning in public buildings as in Spain: since May has been urged organisms not to go below 27 ºC (except in hospitals) and not to go above 19 ºC in heating in winter. Before the resignation of Mario Draghi as prime minister, his executive prepared —but did not execute— another extreme measure: the closing of commercial activities at 7 in the afternoon. Another unique measure is that of cutting public lighting by up to 40% and even preparing for blackouts in cases of serious supply shortages.

Using air conditioning better. The truth is that these measures effectively reduce energy consumption, and in fact experts recommend that the air conditioning not be set at too low a temperature. An expert indicated in Maldita.es how, in addition to keeping the engines and filters in a good state of cleanliness, “it is best to leave it continuously at 25º-26ºC than to lower it to 19º and remove it and put it on depending on whether we are cold or hot”.

Not only that: “The maximum recommended difference between outside and inside should not exceed 12 ℃. This means that on the worst days of summer (34-38 ℃) we would be covered with the range of 24 to 26 ℃.” No We will cool the house faster by setting lower temperatures, and also excessive and unnecessary consumption is produced by doing so.

The northern hemisphere is facing an especially hot summer, and the high temperatures are compounded by the problem of energy…

The northern hemisphere is facing an especially hot summer, and the high temperatures are compounded by the problem of energy…

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