BUSAN, South Korea — Busan City announced energy-saving measures to avoid serious electricity shortages that could cause blackouts this summer due to nuclear power plant shutdowns.
The public sector leads in energy-saving measures, along with large buildings like department stores, hotels and multi-use facilities.
The government energy-saving measures taking effect in July and August include:
? All public offices must maintain their indoor temperatures at 28? or above, and all commercial buildings are required to keep their temperatures at 26? or above
? Crackdowns on any store doing business with their doors open while operating their air-conditioners during July and August. Violations can lead to a maximum fine of 3 million won.
? Suspension of air-conditioner operations every 30 minutes between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in public sector and energy-glutton buildings.
? Restriction on electricity usage in public sector (Reduction of monthly electricity usage by 15% and average electricity usage during peak times by 20% year-on-year)
You can save energy at home by following these guidelines:
?Refrain from using electricity during peak hours (2:00 ~ 5:00 PM).
?Refrain as much as possible from using air-conditioners.
?Refrain from using air conditioners during peak hours.
?Keep the indoor temperature at 26? or higher.
?Do not use unnecessary lights (including signboards and outdoor lighting).
?Use highly efficient lighting such as LEDs.
?Unplug appliances when not in use.
?Do not use the keep-warm function of rice cookers.
?Fill up washing machines and dishwashers as completely as possible.
Source: Busan City News