Spain puts limits on air conditioning and heating to save energy, rules apply to public and large commercial buildings.
Spain has announced new energy-saving measures, including limits on air conditioning and heating temperatures in public and large commercial buildings.
Government regulations for energy consumption this summer
Under a decree applies to public buildings, shopping centres, cinemas, theatres, rail stations and airports, heating should not be set above 19C and air conditioning should not be set below 27C. Doors will need to be closed so as not to waste energy, and lights in shop windows must be switched off after 10pm.
The premises in question will be required to display signs or screens that explain the energy-saving initiatives.
Spain has agreed to a 7-8% reduction in gas use.
The need to limit emissions by reducing energy consumption has been underlined in Spain by two heatwaves so far this summer.
What is the Internet’s environmental impact?
The Internet is powered by a vast network of physical infrastructure. From data centres to transmission networks to the devices we hold in our hands, the transfer and mass storage of our data requires an enormous amount of energy.
Data centers serve as factories of the information age; their 24/7 operation makes online browsing, streaming and communication possible, but delivering all this data requires a tremendous amount of electricity. The explosive demand of internet-based platforms and services has fueled a dramatic expansion in both the size and number of data centers, making them collectively one of the largest sources of new electricity demand globally.
The problem is that many of these data centres get their electricity from dirty fossil fuels rather than renewable sources, and the energy consumption of digital technology is increasing by 9% every year.
Over the last few years, several giants like Google, Facebook and Apple have committed to powering their data centres with 100% renewable energy, which is a good start.
How you can help sustainability
Here are some simple ways that you can reduce your environmental footprint:
1.- Eat more plant foods and less animal foods. Consume local and seasonal products and Make sure to buy only what you need, to avoid waste.
2.- Try other modes of transport. Cycle or use public transport.
3.- Switch to a low-carbon energy provider.
4.- Reduce, reuse, and recycle to waste less.
5.- Buy responsibly-made clothes, e.g. made from recycled material or with an eco-label.
Green energy with Tiekom
Tiekom is committed to 100% renewable energy, to saving the planet’s resources and offers significant savings in the electricity bill of our customers. We believe that renewable energies are the way to guarantee the future of our planet.
We work every day to make electricity more easily understandable and accessible to all and also more respectful with the environment. We are committed to transparency, savings and sustainability.
Renewable energy looks set to be a large part of the future energy mix. The drive towards a greener future for power production is promoting a rise in job creation in renewable power industries such as solar and wind. This trend looks set to continue as governments strive to reach net zero.
Tips to keeping cool you in Spain this summer
Drink plenty of water
This might sound like an obvious one but when you’re enjoying your beer or cocktail in the sun it can sometimes slip your mind to drink lots of water. Hot temperatures and not enough liquids can end in dehydration and heat exhaustion, and in extreme cases a visit to the hospital.
H3 Stay cool as much as you can
Sitting in water or at least sitting with your feet in it is a great way to stay cool. Most houses and apartments in Spain will have access to a pool, whether it’s a private one or a communal pool.
Close the shutters
Although it does seem a shame to shut out the sunlight, closing the shutters in your casa or apartment will make a huge difference to the temperature indoors. If you can keep your home cool during the day, it will mean you don’t have to use the air conditioning as much which is a big expense.
This is something the Spanish do when it gets too hot (basically the whole of August!) and we need to get used to doing it ourselves – the sun is still a novelty to us and we want to be outside in it as much as possible!
The hottest time of the day during the summer in Spain is around 3pm, so keep your shutters closed during the day and then you can take advantage of the cool to have a siesta out of the sun.
Wear loose clothing
It’s very tempting to just live in your swimwear during the summer in Spain but if you do have to go out remember to wear loose clothing in light colours.
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