Energy saving efforts announced for Rīga Castle

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In order to reduce energy consumption during the winter season as a result of soaring prices, Rīga Castle on October 21 announced a series of energy-saving measures.

At Rīga Castle – where the offices of the President are located – and at the official Jūrmala presidential residence, the air temperature in the working rooms is to be set to a maximum of 19º C and a "gradual transition" to LED lighting devices is under way, the Presidential Chancellery said.

A more noticeable decision for the public is not to illuminate the facade and garden of the Riga Palace during the hours of darkness, including not illuminating the Castle's towers. However, exceptions will be made on November 11 and 18 when national celebrations take place. There are no plans to decorate Riga Castle during Christmas.

"Considering that the expenses for heat and electricity for the Office of the President have increased by three times, the implementation of this plan is expected to save financial resources," the Chancellery said.

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