(MENAFN) Spain's new energy-saving policies caused a 3.7 percent decrease in electricity usage in the first week, according to Environment Minister Teresa Ribera.
Even though Spain had hot temperatures, which often result in a spike in electricity consumption, Ribera claims that customers used much less energy on Aug. 8–14 than they had the week before.
Under the new regulations, air conditioning may no longer be set below 27 C in public structures, cultural events, hotels, movie theaters, big-box retailers, and transit hubs (80.6 F). On the other hand, the heating in the same buildings would also need to stay below 19 C throughout the winter (66.2 F).
To reduce Spain's and the European Union's reliance on imported natural gas as winter approaches and Russia threatens to shut off supply, public buildings and businesses were also compelled to switch off their lights after 10 p.m.
At a press conference, Ribera remarked, "we are going to be in a position to respond together to Putin's energy blackmail."
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