Energy police patrolling China

Jun 13, 2007

China is recruiting "energy police" to make sure offices, schools, shopping malls and other buildings aren't using too much power.

Inspectors in Beijing and Yangzhou are checking to see that building owners are meeting national standards by keeping the air conditioning no cooler than 78 degrees Fahrenheit and heating no higher than 68 degrees Fahrenheit, China's official Xinhua news service said Tuesday.

The government said air conditioners account for 30-35 percent of power consumption in Yangzhou during the summer. Citizens are being urged to save energy by using public transportation or bicycles to get to work, and limiting the use of air conditioners at home.

China recently unveiled a plan to reduce energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product 20 percent by 2010, Xinhua said.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: Should the Japanese give nuclear power another chance?

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Chinese officials will buy more electric cars

Jul 14, 2014

At least 30 percent of newly purchased government cars will be electric and other types of "new energy vehicles," China's official news agency reported Sunday, as the country attempts to tackle air pollution and encourage ...

China plans stricter fuel standards after smog

Feb 07, 2013

China has announced stricter motor fuel standards in a bid to reduce harmful emissions after smog blanketed much of the country last month—but the measures will not come fully into force for almost five ...

Beijing vows efforts to fight pollution

Jan 22, 2013

China's capital Beijing will strengthen measures to combat pollution, state media reported Tuesday, amid public anger over the dangerous air quality in the sprawling metropolis.

Recommended for you

Should the Japanese give nuclear power another chance?

4 hours ago

On September 9, 2014, the Japan Times reported an increasing number of suicides coming from the survivors of the March 2011 disaster. In Minami Soma Hospital, which is located 23 km away from the power plant, ...

UK wind power share shows record rise

7 hours ago

The United Kingdom wind power production has been enjoying an upward trajectory, and on Tuesday wind power achieved a significant energy production milestone, reported Brooks Hays for UPI. High winds from Hurricane Gonzalo were the force behind wind turbines outproducing nuclear power ...

Global boom in hydropower expected this decade

11 hours ago

An unprecedented boom in hydropower dam construction is underway, primarily in developing countries and emerging economies. While this is expected to double the global electricity production from hydropower, it could reduce ...

User comments : 0