October 1, 2022

Swiss Social Media Abuzz Over ‘Rat Out Your Neighbor’ Energy Use Posters

As Switzerland takes extreme measures to reduce its gas use this winter – including  fines and up to 3 years in prisonfor citizens who else violate new regulations,   a viral poster moving on Swiss social media telling citizens to rat out there neighbors heating their homes above 19C (66. 2F) has raised eyebrows. “ Does the neighbor warmth the apartment to over […]#@@#@!!

As Switzerland takes drastic measures to lessen its gas use this winter season – including  fines and up to three years in prison for people who violate new rules,   a viral poster circulating on Swiss social media marketing telling citizens to verweis out neighbors heating their particular homes above 19C (66. 2F) has raised eye brows.

“ Does the neighbor high temperature the apartment to over 19 degrees? Please inform us, ” reads the poster currently circulating on messaging services such as Signal plus Telegram, according to  Swiss media .

This poster is currently leading to confusion and indignation one of the population.  

Other than,   it’s false .

According to Energy Department official, Simone Hug, the federal government has nothing to do with the poster.

“ There are no this kind of federal posters, nor perform we call for people to become exposed, ” said Embrace, who added that the government is investigating who created the hoax.

Outlet ‘ 20 Minuten’   says it’s easy to conduct a google reverse image of the alleged poster, exactly where it can be found on ‘ freepik, ‘ which hosts over 25 million images, and lists the template because “ blank billboard mockup. ”

Having said that,   the fact that a lot of people believed that the post was real comes as no surprise   given the government’s extreme measures to save power – including the prohibition upon home temperatures above 66. 2F, as well as a maximum hot water temperature of 60 levels, and to turn off saunas plus swimming pools.   ‘ Willful’ violators risk three years in prison, while negligent violators face a daily penalty between 30 francs (US$31) and 3, 000 francs (US$3130) and up to 180 days in prison .

In short: if you accidentally set your thermostat incorrectly, you may be better off than your neighbors who deliberately heated their pool to 25 levels. The penalty should be even heavier for a company that deliberately exceeds gas consumption limits. The quota order is also subject to penal provisions. – Blick

What’s more, according to Economic Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) Guy Parmelin, there might be  place checks  to make sure compliance.

And while the poster above may be fake, the DEF spokesperson told  Blick   that  “ if the violation was reported and examined and could then be established, ” they may take action against violators.  

Exactly, checks are not excluded, especially if one is denounced by a disgruntled neighbor or a neighborhood vigilante who is a little too zealous. In these cases, whoever heats up to twenty degrees instead of 19 can get a fine. -Blick

If a complaint is submitted in this direction, the police should act , ” added the director of the Swiss police.

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