Air conditioners at minimum, street lights off, washing machines only when fully loaded. Energy austerity also comes in Italywith ordinances, recommendations and advice launched by the main Italian cities. Our country’s goal is to cut energy consumption by 7%: 4 billion cubic meters less of gas on the 55 planned. A “turning point” requested by the European Union, which yesterday, 9 August, approved a regulation that aims to reduce gas consumption by 15% from 1 August to 31 March 2023.
While in Hanover since the end of July in public buildings, hot water has been removed (including in showers), in our country for now the measures have been taken mainly at the local level. Obligations and recommendations vary from city to city: here are the main ones.
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Florence, the mayor: “Iron only if necessary”
IS Florence one of the few cities to have translated the mission of reducing consumption into an ordinance: from 1 August it is it is forbidden to keep the door open in commercial activities where the air conditioning is on, under penalty of a fine between 25 and 500 euros. The administration then recommended citizens to set the radiators at 18-19 degrees, “iron only the necessary”, operate the washing machine only when fully loaded.
Milan, air conditioners at a minimum and closed doors
TO Milan Mayor Sala did not issue any ordinance, but limited himself to a few recommendations: set the air conditioner not below 26 degrees in offices, homes and commercial activities, close the door in shops (even if equipped with “air blades”), pay attention to the switches and turn off the light at the end of the shift (for public employees).
Turin, 2 degrees less in public offices
It will be a colder autumn than usual in the public offices of Turin where the temperature will be set when the heating systems are restarted two degrees below of the other years. He also reduced the intensity of public lighting (while maintaining the same times).
TO Rome at the moment there have been no new measures on the energy front. The latest dates back to last March 22 when the mayor imposed a “squeeze on heating”, valid until April 15.
In Genoa, low consumption lighting, in Belluno street lights turned off from 2:30 to 5
An important chapter in the field of energy saving is the aspect of public lighting. According to Professor Carlo Cottarelli, in fact, Italy is among the countries with the highest per capita consumption for street lamps (according to the calculations of the Italian Public Accounts Observatory it would be double the European average). To remedy this “hyper-illumination“, the municipality of Genoa has focused on a low-consumption public lighting system that will allow the capital to not have to apply any early shutdown on roads and monuments. In Bari, the aim is to replace the old system with new LED lights, in Belluno the street lamps will remain off from 2:30 to 5.
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