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Saving Electricity in the Summer of 2012

(Excerpted from the Gunma Prefectural Government Website)

According to the estimate by The Tokyo Electric Power Co., they will be able to satisfactorily meet the demand for electrical power supply this summer. This estimate was based on the added capacity provided by the newly-built thermal power plants and pumped storage hydroelectric power plants that have begun supplying electrical power as the nation's nuclear power plants have been shut down. More importantly, however, is user cooperation with saving electricity. Therefore, we are asked to try our best to save electricity this summer, too.

Requested period for saving electricity

Weekdays from 9:00 to 20:00 hours between Monday, July 2 and Friday, September 28, except for August 13, 14, and 15.

In addition to the above, we are also asked to save electricity early in the morning and in the evening to the extent that it does not adversely affect our lives or the nation's economic activity. Specifically, from the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 and 20:00 to 25:00 to ensure an adequate power supply from the pumped storage hydroelectric power plants.

During the hot summer, however, going too far in saving electricity could lead heat stroke and other harmful health affects, so please be careful.

How to save electricity

You can be creative and find many things that can be done in your day-to-day life in order to save electricity. Here are some specific:

-Blocking sunlight with sunshades
Installing sunshades-or hanging bamboo/reed-blinds over balconies-or windows of a house or apartment building blocks the sun. Affixing heat shield film on windows curbs the rise of the temperature in the room, thus requiring less air-conditioning.

-Growing green curtains
Growing vine-like plants outside of a window blocks the sunlight. Bitter gourds and morning glories produce abundant leaves during summer and are an ideal provider of green curtains. Also, as the water in these plants evaporates, the ambient temperature goes down.

-Gunma-chan's tips for saving electricity PDF

We hope you can make use of these ideas to be successful in saving electricity while managing to stay comfortable.

(Effective July 2012)

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