Completely turning off the radiators sounds like a good way to reduce heat consumption in an apartment or block of flats, but it’s better not to do it. Housing and building cooperatives hunt people who do not follow the rules for maintaining a certain temperature in their homes.
Today, housing and construction cooperatives throughout Poland encourage people to save on heating. Residents are encouraged to screw up the radiators a bit because lowering the temperature in the apartment by several degrees results in significantly lower heat consumption. The government encourages you to do so.
– I lowered the temperature at home – we have 17 degrees in common rooms, and 19 degrees in those that are used more often, – said the Minister of Climate Anna Moskva in an interview with Radio ZET.
However, while screwing down the radiators is a good idea, turning them off completely can end badly. The statutes of housing cooperatives usually specify the minimum temperature that must be maintained in the premises. An administrative penalty may be imposed on the apartment owner who does not comply with this. If the cooperative finds that, in its opinion, the heat consumption in the room is too low, it can, for example, add a penalty to the next heat bill. As reported by innpoland.pl, the thrifty resident of Gdańsk paid a fine of 500 zlotys in this way.