Tourists and customers in front of the Primark store

Uncertainty in Madrid businesses regarding the energy saving plan: "Nor that we squander what the kilowatt costs"


Hoteliers, merchants and hoteliers from Madrid wonder how to adjust the temperature without harming the comfort of the clients

Tourists and customers in front of the Primark storeEXPANSION
  • POLITICS The Government imposes turning off the windows and lowering the air for 16 months and Ayuso rebels against the plan

The air conditioning may not be below 27 degrees, the access doors to the premises must have automatic closures and the lights in the shop windows will be turned off at 10 p.m. These are the measures that the Government has adopted –coordinated by the Ministry of Ecological Transition– to draw up your energy saving plan. It fully involves shops, department stores, cinemas, hotels and public buildings.

In the Gran Vía Madrid all these establishments reign. Adidas, Kiko Milano, Bershka, Primark… stores spend their whole day with their doors wide open. “None of our superiors have explained anything to us yet”says an employee of one of these large companies.

The green light from the Council of Ministers for these new measures is experienced with uncertainty in shops and hotels. “I don’t know to what extent we can deal with it,” reflects the head of reception at the Hotel Madrid Gran Vía 25, Carlos Gil. The great complaint of the clients, in these dates “is the heat”. This coordinator is planning a meeting with the company to see how they can put into practice “with these extreme temperatures” the limitation of the air conditioning to 27 degrees. The Royal Decree give a period of seven days for establishments to adopt temperature requirements that, in his opinion, “do not correspond” to what those who stay need.

Along the same lines, the Hotel Association of Madrid (AEHM) he fears that “it harms tourism” and calls the measure “accelerated and improvised”. Although in a statement the Madrid hoteliers have agreed on the importance of the energy crisis in Europe, they point out that “measures should not be taken in such an accelerated manner”.


There is uncertainty in all affected sectors. The Minister of Culture and Tourism of Madrid, Marta Rivera de la Cruz, argues that in a cinema or a full theater, at 27 degrees, “32 are touched in a matter of 10 minutes.” For his part, the President of Hostelera MadridJosé Antonio Aparicio doubts that “it can be put into practice correctly”, since this measure contradicts others already adopted. The rule that the doors remain closed when the air conditioning or heating is on collides with the one that established “that the doors must be open so that they are ventilated the spaces by the Covid”.

Regarding the minimum of 27 degrees, Aparicio points out that it must comply with the provisions of Royal Decree 486/1997, which regulates that in restaurants, bars or cafeterias in which -in the words of the regulations- “light work” is carried out cannot exceed 25 degrees. “Clients don’t want to be hot either, nor do we waste what a kilowatt costs,” says the president of the hoteliers, who has a hard time imagining a city like Madrid “with the windows turned off at 10:00 p.m. at night.”


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