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In an attempt to limit energy consumption, a Royal decree was published this Tuesday regarding energy saving and efficiency measures, which had been approved yesterday by the Government.
These measures will include the obligation in public buildings, commercial spaces and department stores, transport infrastructures (airports, trains and buses), cultural spaces and hotels to limit the use of air conditioning to 27ºC in summer and the heating to 19ºC in winter.
This new set of rules will make it mandatory to turn off the lights of shop windows and public buildings that are unoccupied after 10:00 p.m.
These measures will be in place until November 1, 2023.
The decorative lighting of facades will also be turned off from 10:00 p.m., while the regulation of exterior lighting will only affect buildings for public use, not ornamental ones, like for example Christmas lights.
Likewise, before September 30, both buildings and premises will be required to have automatic closures on the access doors to prevent them from being permanently open, which could lead to energy waste.
Similar measures have been established in Italy as well since April.