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Europe's Energy Crisis: Spain Orders Public Places To Set Air Conditioning At Minimum 27 Degrees Celsius
Spain is the latest country to advise its citizens and public places to reduce the AC as Europe struggles with scorching summers and skyrocketing energy costs.
On Tuesday morning, a rule was published in the official state gazette. It is scheduled to take effect next week.
The law requires that public areas be cooled to at least 27 degrees Celsius (or 80 degrees Fahrenheit). In additio
n, the doors to those buildings are kept closed to conserve energy.
All Spanish households are being urged to follow the recommendation. These rules require that heating be kept below 19° Celsius (or 66° Fahrenheit) during winter.
They will continue to apply this rule until November 2023. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez stated publicly that Spain urgently needs to conserve energy.
He even encouraged office workers to remove ties to keep the country cool without artificial cooling.
Despite the lighthearted suggestions, European countries are trying to solve two problems: the scorchi
ng heat driving up energy demand and the political conflict complicating energy supply.
Amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, countries, including Spain, are under increasing pressure to not rely on Russian gas.
France has made it mandatory for public buildings to have thermostats higher in summer than winter.
Air-conditioned businesses will be fined EUR 750 if their doors remain open.
Germany's Hanover has outlawed mobile fan heaters and air conditioners in pub
lic places, except schools and hospitals.
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