The first measures of the Royal Energy Saving Decree have been approved by the government will take effect this Wednesday, inclusive Turn off the light Shop windows and public buildings unoccupied after 10:00 p.ma rule that does not apply to the decorative lighting of monuments, except in the case of public buildings which are uninhabited at the time.

Thus, this Monday, the Royal Theater has started to turn off its lights at 10:00 p.m., except for days when events or performances are held, as told Europa Press by the institution’s Director of Infrastructures and General Services. Nuria Gallego.

In addition, in accordance with the Royal Decree to promote energy saving and efficiency, the temperature of the indoor air in the air-conditioned rooms of the Royal Theater is limited to: in heated rooms it does not exceed 19 degrees; in cold rooms not less than 27 degrees; and the relative humidity is maintained between 30% and 70%.

More specifically, the government-approved standard limits the use of air conditioning to 27 degrees in summer and heating to 19 degrees in winter in public buildings, commercial and department stores, transport infrastructure, cultural spaces and hotels.

In accordance with this royal decree, all the buildings of national heritage, such as the Royal Palaces of Madrid, Aranjuez (Madrid) and La Granja (Segovia) or the Royal Monastery of El Escorial (Madrid), have switched off their lights for several days , including the monumental one, as Cultural heritage sources have confirmed to Europa Press, citing as an exception the need to illuminate cultural events and open them to the public during the night taking place in these spaces.

In the same way, They stipulate that in monasteries where religious communities live, such as the Descalzas Reales Monastery in Madrid, the lighting necessary for the normal development of community life is maintained.

In Madrid, the Almudena Cathedral is administered by the Madrid City Council, sources in Madrid’s Archdiocese told Europa Press, who indicated that in principle the government’s policies would be adopted in the rest of the temples.

Regarding the buildings of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, the Royal Post Office and the rest of the buildings classified as monuments in the region will remain with their lights on, as they are not affected by the government’s energy regulation. In these places, the same regime will continue, and in particular in the Puerta del Sol building, the illuminated clock facade will remain illuminated until 1am for “cultural and tourist reasons”.


For their part, the Alhambra and the Generalife in Granada will not change their outdoor lighting with the entry into force of the government decree with measures to save energy this Wednesday at 00:00. This was pointed out to Europa Press by Alhambra board sources.

In this way, the monument to which visits are made at night and in the summer will show the program ‘Lorca and Granada in the Gardens of the Generalife’As before, it will be illuminated every night until 2:00 a.m. and from sunset.

Also in the capital, Granada, there are monuments whose lighting depends on the public grid and therefore on the Granada City Hall, such as the Palacio de los Córdova, the Huerta de San Vicente or the Casa Zafra, as well as the statue of Isabel La Católica will continue to be illuminated while the Town Hall in Plaza del Carmen or that of the Hermanitas de los Pobres, where Urbanism and Environment is located, will be shut down at 10:00 p.m. from this Wednesday, as they are public buildings with no activity at night.

Regarding the monuments belonging to the Church, such as the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, the Archdiocese of Granada, having learned from the government decree, told Europa Press that they are part of the public network, so their lighting is dependent on the city depends advice . There is part of the exterior lighting of the Royal Chapel corresponding to the sacristy which overlooks its garden but the regulation of which is dependent on the Church which has advised that the lighting of this space will be adjusted from the outside to the energy saving cut off at 10pm .

in the Cordobaas a World Heritage City, depends on what is decided for the group of heritage cities. In this case, the decision will be postponed to September and for the time being all buildings and monuments will continue to be illuminated, including the Mosque-Cathedralwhose lighting corresponds to the city council.

In Cádiz, the City Council has indicated that the lights of the Genovés Park waterfall, the San Juan de Dios fountain, the Avenida de Las Cortes fountain, the Plaza del Mentidero fountain, the Plaza de las Tortugas fountain, the fountain of the Monument to Manuel de Falla surrounding the famous Falla Theater in Cádiz, as well as the fountain on the main promenade and the fountain of the Children of the Umbrella in Genovés Park.

In La Rioja, the churches and the co-cathedral of the Redonda de Logroño will comply with the decree and turn off their lights from 10:00 p.m., according to sources from the Diocese of Riojan.

Since last Monday, the City Hall of Palma has also turned off the lights of the Consistory itself and the Cathedral at 10:00 p.m. In August, the Castell de Bellver hosts concerts almost every day and for this reason the lights go out at 00:00 until September 9th, when the performances end. In Palma, too, the buildings of the Lonja and the Consolat de Mar, seat of the Presidency of the Balearic Islands, already switch off their decorative lights at night.

Likewise, the Oviedo City Council will comply with the energy saving measures imposed by the government and turn off the lights in public buildings at 10am at night, in accordance with the Royal Decree approved by the Executive last week.


On the other hand, the Mayor of Santiago, Xosé Sánchez Bugallo, has assured that the lighting of monuments such as the Cathedral will not be turned off, after consulting the Ministry of Ecological Transition on the Energy Saving Decree.

Meanwhile, the province of Castellón is joining the energy-saving measures by turning off the walls and castle of Peñíscola from 2 a.m. instead of leaving the lights on all night. They also turn off the lights on the facades of the provincial institution’s public buildings, such as the Palau in Plaza de las Aulas in Castelló de la Plana, which turns off from 10:00 p.m.

Alicante City Council will act in the same way and turn off the lights of Santa Bárbara Castle at 10:00 p.m. However, public lighting will not be switched off, nor will the monuments, the lack of lighting of which could endanger the safety of citizens, as the consistory reports in a statement, stressing that with regard to monuments and public spaces it is only switched off, if the lack of lighting does not affect citizens and their safety.

In Cáceres, the city council’s austerity plan will reduce the energy costs of decorative lighting in the city by 38%. As for the buildings of the monumental city with decorative lighting, the time they are illuminated is reduced.

Currently they glow until 2:30 AM, but with the new adjustments they will glow until 1 AM in summer, 12 AM in fall and spring, and 11 PM in winter.

Source europapress.es

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