With the abnormal cold of the last few days, the question arises: will we continue to enjoy the heat of the radiators? This is what the law says
last october then Minister of Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolanisigned a decree law to define precise time limits on the use of domestic heating systems that will apply to the winter season that has just ended.
In general, the period of switching on the systems was reduced by one hour a day and the period of operation of the 2022-2023 winter season was shortened by 15 days, postponing the start date by 8 days and bringing the start date forward by 7 days of the end of the year.
There were several dates for turning off the radiators, according to the six different climatic zones into which our country was divided:
- Zone A (Lampedusa, Porto Empedocle): March 7
- Zone B (Agrigento, Reggio Calabria, Messina and Trapani): March 23
- Zone C (Naples, Imperia, Cagliari, most of Puglia): March 23
- Zone D (Florence, Foggia, Rome, Ancona, Oristano and most of Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Campania): April 7
- Zone E (Aosta, Turin, Milan, Bologna, Po Valley, North, Apennine Mountains, L’Aquila and Basilicata): until April 7
- Zone F (Belluno, Cuneo and the municipalities of the Alpine arc): unlimited.
These dates do not apply to some categories of buildings, such as hospitals, spas, nurseries and kindergartens, swimming pools and saunas, buildings used for industrial activities for which exemptions have been granted by local administrations.
As can be deduced from the previous scheme, the use of radiators is prohibited for this season. Unfortunately, however, in recent days the temperatures have dropped suddenly and in several parts of the country the cold has returned.
What to do? Can we turn on the radiators or do we have to do without them? This is what the law says:
Outside the periods referred to in section 2, in the presence of particular climatic conditions severeThe municipal authorities, with their own motivated disposition, can authorize the ignition of the thermal air conditioning systems fed with natural gas, provided that the daily duration does not exceed half of that normally allowed.
Therefore, it is up to the municipal authorities to eventually decide to extend the period of ignition of the radiators in light of anomalous weather conditions. Otherwise, you will have to do without heating.
Source: Ministry of Environment and Energy Security
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