SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced on Tuesday that it will carry out a variety of intensive energy-saving measures for the public sector as part of efforts to overcome the energy crisis.
In detail, when public institutions operate heating facilities within their buildings, the average indoor heating temperature should be restricted to 17 degrees Celsius.
To minimize public inconvenience, however, public facilities such as hospitals, children and elderly welfare-related facilities, airports, and both train and subway platforms will be exempted from this requirement.
During peak electricity hours (9-10 a.m., 4-5 p.m.), heating systems for major areas will be suspended in a rotational manner.
Employees of public institutions will be banned from using personal heaters during work hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, pregnant women and physically handicapped people will be exempted from this requirement.
Moreover, the lighting of decorations for outdoor advertising, buildings, sculptures and cultural heritages should be turned off at night from 11 p.m. to sunrise of the next day.
During normal business hours, at least 30 percent of indoor lighting should be turned off, and at least 50 percent should be turned off during peak electricity hours.
M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)