Ministry of Labour has laid out three measures to help the government conserve energy, covering fuel, water and electricity conservation measures.
The move came after the cabinet on March 20, 2013, held a resolution, requesting all concerned agencies to reduce energy consumption.
Under the measures, Office of the Permanent Secretary would turn off all the lights in its building during the lunch break from 12 pm-1pm, while the spotlights in front of the ministry’s sign and buildings would be turned off after 9pm.
The ministry would also reduce the number of light bulbs in areas, where sunlight can come in through windows and curtains as well as turn on air conditioners only from 9am 12pm and 1pm to 4.30 pm to decrease hours of air conditioning use. The air conditioners will be set at 25-26 degrees.
Officials would be instructed to avoid closing and opening doors of air-conditioned room to reduce the work load of the air conditioners. Computers’ monitors would be turned off if they are not used for more than 15 minutes while the computers would be rearranged to areas through which the air can come in and out.
The officials would also be instructed to photocopy only when necessary, turn off photocopy machines when not using them, pull out plugs from water boilers when not using them, switch off TVs and radios when not using them and take stairs instead of elevators when going one-two floors. Some elevators would also be shut-off.
The ministry’s drivers would also be instructed to study their route before their journey; they must take the shortest route or the least time consuming route. They would also be instructed to drive at 90 kilometre per hour on normal road, 110 kilometre per hour on highway and 120 kilometre per hour on motorway as well as turning off their car when they have to park for a long period.
Officials would also be asked to take the same car when they have to work in a group. Unnecessary items must also be removed from the vehicle to reduce its weight.
Ministry of Labour would conduct checkup on all taps and toilets to make sure they are in good conditions. Officials would also be asked to make sure that all taps are turned off when they finish using them to save electricity from water pumps.