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Lights and shadows in the shop windows of Madrid one day after the start of the savings plan: “It is not normal for some to turn off and others not”

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The energy saving plan is already a reality. This Wednesday the first package of measures to deal with the energy crisis came into force. Early in the day, some of these changes, those related to air conditioning, began to be noticed in shops and restaurants, but also in shopping centers. However, the uncertainty came at 10:00 p.m.: How was the first night with the windows off in the capital? In those first hours of entry into force of the norm, many shop windows in the center of Madrid are still lit and citizens walk through the streets of the capital without noticing that the measure began today. Hugo and Bárbara, two friends who were walking through one of the most central streets of Madrid, are not aware that some businesses turn off their windows at 10:00 p.m. “The truth is, we didn’t know that it started today. Perhaps seeing the dark streets can be a little more scary, but I don’t think it influences that there are more robberies,” says Bárbara. At his side, Hugo points out the importance of this measure and considers that businesses will not be affected: “If the stores are closed, why are the shop windows illuminated? When people go to buy it is during the day and the day you see everything”. In the middle of Calle de Preciados, some stores turn off their windows and, walking among them, José, who sees this regulation as a great opportunity to save: “I see it as perfect. It is stupid to believe that there will be more vandalism That’s what the Police are for and, having streetlights, I don’t think there’s a problem.” Many citizens see the Government’s energy saving plan as positive and are not afraid to walk the streets with the interior lighting of shops turned off. “There are many lights, there are the monuments, the street lights… there is a lot of lighting in Madrid already. If you are going to save 7% with these measures, in theory it can be positive”, comment Pilar and Laura , two friends walking through Callao. But not all opinions coincide, many citizens still have doubts and feel little informed about the new regulations. “I think it is effective depending on the place you turn off, but it is true that the darkness in the street gives a certain insecurity. I think it is not convenient to turn off the Gran Vía, but some offices are, everything depends on the place. Without having started the turn off, we do not know what can happen”, says Patricia, who walks the Gran Vía with her family. Natalia, Mari Loli and Miguel also walk back home through the central street of the capital and confess to feeling somewhat confused with the way to transfer the novelties. “It seems good to me if it brings benefits, but I feel that a bit of information is missing,” says Natalia. Beside her, her husband Miguel shows his concern for the shops: “I don’t think it’s very good for business, it’s very striking to have the shop window lit at night, especially in the center. On an ecological level it’s better, but We’ll see how it works.” In this first night shutdown, much of the lighting in the shop windows has been maintained, something that is not only ineffective but also causes some confusion in the people who walk in front of them. “Either they turn them all off or they don’t turn off any of them, what is not normal is that some are turned off and others are not. The street is very sad”, says Jesús with a certain resignation. Now it only remains to be hoped that, as the days go by, more businesses will add to the turning off of the lights in their shop windows or the sanctions could knock on the door of their establishments.

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