As part of an energy management plan, the Prince’s Government released a new ministerial decree outlining new protocol for switching off lights, facades, windows and signs in certain businesses. The decree was released on 10 February and will be enforced until 30 April 2023.
The government outlined specific rules and procedures for businesses at night. Lighting for facades, windows, professional premises and spaces must now be turned off from 11 pm until 6 am, unless the shops are open or in operation during these hours. This includes interior lighting and light created by any screens. Temporary exceptions may be considered at the discretion of the Minister of State.
“These measures will contribute to reducing light pollution and electricity consumption, while respecting the living environment and energy management commitments made by the Government from the start of the energy crisis,” states a press release by the Princely Government.
Saving Energy and Money: subsidies available for individuals and businesses
With the implementation of the National Energy Transition Pact, the Prince’s Government supports the purchase and installation of most energy-efficient equipment, through the National Green Fund. Whether you are an individual or business, financial assistance and subsidies are available, including for renovations (window renovations, roof insulations, solar panels, etc.) and transportation (assistance to buy electric vehicles). The grants can also help cover the cost of small appliances and devices to reduce energy use (LEDs, power strips, energy-saving smart plugs, or water-saving faucets.)
The National Green Fund’s subsidies cover 30% of the total amount of eligible invoices and is capped at €3,000 (labour related to the installation of equipment can also be taken into account). Invoices must be sent to the Mission for Energy Transition from establishments or individuals located in the Principality before 31 December 2023.