Heating, “return to the Cingolani decree: radiators down one degree”

The request of the National Consumers Union against high bills and energy savings

Since yesterday, November 1st, in Rome and other large Italian cities in climate zone D it is possible to turn on the radiators in homes but the question of high gas prices and pollution in the face of a mild winter, at least for now. And this is how the National Consumers Union suggests follow the rules of the Cingolani decree, adopted last winter, to be good for both the environment and the pocket. In practice it would involve reducing the temperature by one degree, from 20°C (+/- 2°C tolerance) to 19°C (+/- 2°C) tolerance, as well as postponing the switching on of the system thermal by 8 days and bring forward the end date by 7 days and, finally, decrease the switch-on time by 1 hour in homes.

The Cingolani decree which established a lowering of temperatures and heating times is no longer in force. “The only exception, for now, is the Municipality of Milan, where the mayor Giuseppe Sala has issued a specific ordinance to confirm those rules for the 2023/2024 season as well. However, we prefer that the choice be made by the families on a voluntary basis and responsible, not due to a legal obligation. And given that according to experts the next winter season could also be hot, lowering the temperature by one degree is feasible and allows you to save 5-10% on your bill observes Marco Vignola, head of the energy sector of the National Consumers Union, speaking to Adnkronos.

A remedy to save on the gas bill and to combat high prices, even if they are no longer at record levels as in the midst of the crisis (today the value of the Igi index is rising to 37.28 euros/MWh) but it is a raw material subject to strong market speculation. “Let’s keep in mind that tomorrow we expect an increase in the gas bill in the protected market. In short, reducing gas consumption is always worthwhile, especially at this moment when a declaration is enough to trigger new speculation” concludes Vignola. In concrete terms, for example, for those who live in climatic zone E, such as Milan, Turin, Bolzano, Aosta, Bologna, Perugia, L’Aquila, the adoption of the Cingolani decree means decreasing from 14 hours a day to 13. And for those who live in Zone D, like Rome, Florence, Genoa, Venice, Terni, Ancona, means going from 12 hours to 11 hours.