Spain imposes high and low temperatures in buildings to save energy

MADRID, August 1 (Reuters)Spanish businesses, restaurants, museums and public transport will be required to meet strict temperature requirements as part of the emergency measures announced by the government on Monday to save energy.

High summer temperatures and gas supply limitations due to the war in Ukraine are straining European power systems. Last month, the European Union proposed a 15% reduction in gas consumption from August to March to its 27 members.

The plan sets a minimum temperature of 27 Celsius (80 Fahrenheit) in summer and a maximum of 19 C (66 F) in winter.

It will enter into force a week after its publication in the official bulletin and will remain in place until November 2023, said Spanish Minister for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera.

The measures encourage remote working several days a week to save fuel, turn off lights in public buildings and storefronts when not in use, and close windows and doors to reduce pressure on air conditioning systems and heating.

The measures remain only recommendations for private households.

Energy Minister Teresa Ribera said last week that households could save energy, for example by turning off lights and lowering blinds.

The government has already approved the massive installation of solar panels on the roofs of public buildings and encouraged civil servants to work more from home.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez proposed last week that ministers, civil servants and private sector employees stop wearing ties during the hot summer months.

(Reporting by Yann Morell y Alcover and Christina Thykjaer; Editing by Howard Goller)

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