When the clock strikes December 12, Native will be less Feliz in Portugal.
Portuguese government guidelines released on Tuesday evening recommend that Christmas lighting be limited from 6 p.m. to midnight, from December 6 to January 6 next year.
The plan calls for less gloomy saving measures such as greater use of natural light and turning off interior lights when the space is not in use. Air conditioning equipment will be regulated “to a maximum of 18C in winter and a minimum of 25C in summer”. These measures are recommended for local governments, but will be mandatory to a large extent for government-operated buildings.
The government also has some recommendations for individuals. They are, among other things, supposed to reduce “running water time for baths and showers” and “minimize the uses of the washing machine and dishwasher, using its maximum capacity”.
However, the government has warned that in the event of further pressure, the plan could “become mandatory” and include “exceptional measures”.
Several European cities have already decided to reduce the lighting of public buildings in an attempt to save energy.