Official, turn off the light behind you. Ministries introduce savings

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Offices in Poland are implementing measures that will translate into savings in electricity and heat. In individual ministries, for example, the temperature was lowered or every other fluorescent lamp was turned off.

During one of the last government meetings, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced the introduction of savings in state administration buildings at the level of 10 percent. According to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, a bill is being prepared for this purpose, which is to oblige the offices to implement the plan. The example is to come from the top, as individual ministries have already started implementing savings measures.

The newspaper describes the situation in the ministries of development and technology, state assets and culture, where reactive power compensators, i.e. devices reducing energy consumption by electrical equipment, have been installed in the ministries. At the same time, appropriate sensors operate in the building of the Ministry of Culture, which turn off and on the light in response to movement.

In the Ministry of Defense, every second fluorescent lamp is turned off, and the temperature level on the thermostats is set to 3.5 on a 5-point scale. However, at the MAP headquarters, the temperature in the rooms is to be 19 degrees Celsius.

Building workers were also obliged to save. Officials should remember to turn off the lights in empty rooms, to unplug chargers for laptops and mobile phones, and to turn off desktops after work. At the same time, at the MAP office, security company employees are to ensure that the lights are turned off after 7 p.m.

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How do they save in the West?

Individual countries of the European Union have also introduced their ideas for cheaper winter. For example, in Danish offices from October 1 this year. the temperature in buildings (except for schools, hospitals and nursing homes) is to be 19 degrees, where until now thermometers have indicated from 21 to 23 degrees.

The Hungarian government ordered state institutions to reduce gas consumption by 25 percent. The temperature in state administration buildings, apart from hospitals and nursing homes, is to be 18 degrees.

In Germany, on the other hand, a ban has been introduced to illuminate monuments and advertising objects during the night – between 10 pm and 6 am. At the same time, from September 1 to February 28, stores cannot have doors to buildings permanently open.


It will be expensive winter

As representatives of housing cooperatives from large Polish cities admit in an interview with, an increase in fees in the coming year is inevitable. For now, it is difficult to indicate exactly what increases will be in the bills, because the energy and heat tariffs (heating and hot water) will be finally decided by the Energy Regulatory Office.

However, the estimated calculations show that the optimistic assumption is that heat bills will increase by several hundred zlotys throughout the year. However, in a pessimistic scenario, total fees will increase by approx. 40%, which may even result in annual bills higher by several thousand zlotys.

Possible increases in electricity and heat rates for residents are determined by the ERO, and in the case of, for example, electricity for entrepreneurs, including cooperatives, the final costs depend on the prices on the exchange.

As Grzegorz Engelbrecht, member of the management board of the Warsaw-based MSM “Energetyk” cooperative reveals in an interview with, the estimated increase in electricity costs for the cooperative in the coming year may increase by 600%. – from 1.8 million in 2022 to over 10 million in 2023

Alan Bartman


The article is in Polish

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