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The Energy Ministry is launching a new campaign to reduce energy consumption on April 10.
Energy Minister, Arak Chonlatanon, said the ministry has planned an energy-saving campaign titled “1 Hour to Save Energy and Save the Nation”, which urges Thais to switch off their air-conditioning units for 1 hour, starting from 2pm to 3pm on April 10.
It is estimated that Thailand’s demand for air-conditioning will be at its highest during the mentioned period. The minister said that by switching off power for one hour, the country is expected to save as much as 1,500 megawatts.
The minister added that other ways to curb electrical use include turning off 1 non-essential light, lowering thermostats to 25 degrees Celsius and programming ac units to switch off 30 minutes before leaving the room. Following these steps can help reduce power consumption by 10 percent.