Saving on the country’s gas needs is an operation that can also start from each house, by lowering the temperature of the radiators. Possible interventions in this direction are on the government’s table, but there are essential controls. Who and how will be responsible for carrying out the checks?
To save on gas imports, the scenario envisaged by the government could also include the reduction of domestic heating. In Italy, out of a total of 25.5 million households, 17.5 use natural gas boilers.
According to Enea, reducing the indoor temperature by just one degree would save 5 to 10% on consumption.
The problem is also on the table of local authorities. Anci, the association of Italian municipalities, assesses whether and how to reduce the operating hours and temperature of radiators which are currently regulated by national regulations.
At home currently max 20°C by law
For private homes, the law provides for a maximum of 20 degrees, a value considered optimal for thermal comfort, with a tolerance of two degrees linked to possible inaccuracies in thermostats and geographical differences according to the 6 climatic zones in which the country is divided. . , which relate to the period and times of switching on and off.
But it is precisely the Municipalities that are authorized to intervene on this legislation. And that’s certainly not new. For years, local governments have set limits on heating to reduce environmental pollution.
The controls node
In public buildings and schools, changes are applied automatically, but in private homes, who controls? The ordinances entrust the local police and qualified technicians with enforcing the prescriptions, but given the large number of properties to be checked, inevitably the checks are carried out on a spot basis. Even if, given the rise in bills, it is very likely that this time it will be the Italians who spontaneously lower the radiators to spend less.