Spain Limits Air-Conditioning to Save Energy

Public buildings in Spain will be cooled to no less than 27 degrees Celsius (81 Fahrenheit) in the summer, and heated to no more than 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit) in the winter as part of a plan to save energy, the government said this week.

The prospect of office workers, shoppers and commuters sweating through sweltering summer days — as in July when a record-setting heat wave baked the continent — may not be a comfortable thought. But Spain is the latest European country to conclude that the restrictions are necessary, in part to promote energy efficiency but also to reduce the country’s consumption of Russian gas, as called for by the European Union.

“In the context in which the 27 members of the European Union have agreed to voluntarily reduce their gas consumption, the government seeks to minimize the economic and social impact of a possible cut in Russian gas supply,’’ the government said in a news release.