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Violators of Swiss Heating Rules Face Up to 3 Years in Prison


Switzerland residents must contend with a new mandate that forbids setting the temperature above 19°C (66.2F) in the colder months.

Violators of the mandate could face up to three years in prison.

“Under the new rules, buildings that use gas heating systems are restricted to 19°C, while hot water can only be heated up to 60°C and radiant heaters are banned entirely,” Summit News reported.

It will also be forbidden to heat swimming pools and saunas.

Anadolu Agency reported:

Amid a burgeoning energy crisis in Europe, Switzerland is planning to crack down on citizens who do not comply with new rules enforced to regulate gas use this winter.

People who violate the new regulations could face fines or even jail time of up to three years, according to a report by the Swiss daily Blick.

Under Switzerland’s new rules, temperatures in buildings with gas heating systems can be raised to a maximum of 19 degrees Celsius (66.2 degrees Fahrenheit) and water can be heated up to 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit).

Radiant heaters are prohibited, while saunas and swimming pools must remain cold.

These are part of the measures stated in the Federal Law on National Economic Supply, to which the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (EAER) explicitly refers in an official document, the report said.

Markus Sporndli, a spokesman for the Federal Department of Finance, told Blick that the daily rate for fines could be at least 30 Swiss Francs ($30) and a maximum of 3,000 Swiss Francs.

Utility companies could also be penalized if they deliberately exceed their gas quotas.

Individual cantons (states) have until September 22nd to submit their concerns or proposals.

Fredy Fassler, a senior police officer, has urged the government to “only order measures that can be implemented and, above all, controlled.”

Fassler doesn’t want a repeat of COVID-19 experiences or for police going door to door to enforce the policy.

Summit News added:

Despite the brazenly authoritarian restrictions, Economy Minister Guy Parmelin asserted, “We are not a police state,” although he acknowledged police would perform “spot checks” to try to catch violators.

Many would suggest this is just a taste of a dystopian ‘net zero’ future where people who defy climate change ‘energy lockdowns’ face arrest and prison time.

As we previously highlighted, numerous other European countries are introducing similar restrictions in the face of a worsening energy crisis following the shut down of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

In Spain, businesses that use air conditioning units to keep temperatures at anything below 27°C in summer or above 19°C in winter face onerous fines of up to €600,000 for “serious violations.”

As we highlighted yesterday, predicting that cost of living protests in the Czech Republic and Germany will spread around the continent, a prominent economist warned that European citizens are “mad with anger and it will worsen.”

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