Go to Jail for Cranking the AC


On a hot day, there’s nothing more refreshing than cranking the AC inside. Unfortunately, don’t set your air conditioning to anything below 19 degrees Celsius (around 66 degrees Fahrenheit) in Switzerland otherwise you could end up in the slammer.

Now, this rule isn’t in effect yet but it very well could be if Switzerland is forced to ration gas because of the Russia-Ukraine war. Gas is still one of the most common resources used in Europe.

And don’t think you can get away with it either. Fines could be handed out for violators and repeat offenders could see up to three years in jail for cranking the AC during a hot day. Radiant heaters would also not be allowed and saunas and swimming pools would have to stay cold.

Markus Sporndli, a spokesman for the Federal Department of Finance, said that the rate for fines on a daily basis could start at 30 Swiss Francs. The maximum fine could be up to 3,000 Swiss Francs (almost $3,100). Companies can also face punishment if they deliberately go over their gas quotas.

The potential measures also say that temperatures in gas-heated buildings can be no more than 19 degrees Celsius (66.2 degrees Fahrenheit), with water heated up to 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit). Thankfully, the heat should be heading out soon as the end of September brings another season.


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