UK markets closed
  • NIKKEI 225

    26,422.05
    +248.07 (+0.95%)
     
  • HANG SENG

    17,165.87
    -85.01 (-0.49%)
     
  • CRUDE OIL

    81.61
    -0.54 (-0.66%)
     
  • GOLD FUTURES

    1,668.80
    -1.20 (-0.07%)
     
  • DOW

    29,225.61
    -458.13 (-1.54%)
     
  • BTC-GBP

    17,535.60
    -133.81 (-0.76%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    444.40
    -1.58 (-0.35%)
     
  • ^IXIC

    10,737.51
    -314.13 (-2.84%)
     
  • ^FTAS

    3,745.11
    -75.12 (-1.97%)
     

Swiss to dial down thermostats in government buildings

·1-min read

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss bureaucrats will need to dress warmly this winter after the government decided public buildings would be heated to no more than 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) to save energy.

The measures agreed by the cabinet on Friday cover federal office buildings and universities and military properties. They aim to save 6-10% of the energy used to heat federal buildings.

Other steps include turning off hot water where possible, turning down thermostats overnight and on weekends, and switching off non-essential lighting and devices.

Administrative operations between Christmas and New Year are to be reduced with the aim of keeping fewer buildings open.

The government last month launched a voluntary campaign to urge consumers and businesses to conserve energy as shortages of gas and power loom this winter that could lead to rationing in a worst-case scenario.

Around Europe, countries are looking for ways to cut energy consumption and fill up their gas stores in preparation for a possible total cut-off. Measure include turning down thermostats and switching off lights in public buildings.

(Reporting by Michael Shields, Editing by Louise Heavens)