The Swiss federal government wants to take tough measures to save gas in the winter. For excessive use of heat, the Swiss face a fine or prison.
The Swiss authorities said that if there is a shortage of gas in houses heated with this energy resource, the temperature in the room should not exceed 19 degrees, hot water can only be heated up to 60 degrees, and the use of heaters will be prohibited. In addition, saunas and pools should be turned off.
Swiss people who heat their homes above 19 degrees face fines and jail terms of up to three years.
“Violations of a country’s supply law are always offenses or even crimes and should be prosecuted by default,” said DEF spokesman Markus Spurndly.
He explained that in case of deliberate violation of the regulations, a prison term is threatened. In other cases, the case may reach a fine.
The risk of electricity and gas shortages is considered one of the highest in Switzerland. They urged citizens to stock up on candles and firewood due to possible interruptions in the supply of electricity in the coming winter.