Save electricity in the heat
TEPCO, my electricity company, put a notice in my mailbox today. They are asking customers to save electricity as a result of the earthquake in Niigata prefecture in July. All seven nuclear reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station are shut down and that has created problems for TEPCO, who has had to secure power from other plants.
The leaflet explains that between 13:00 and 16:00, they are having trouble supplying the electricity needed, so please turn down the tempereture of your air conditioners, hang up curtains and blinds in front of windows, and turn off the TV if you are not watching.
I'm sure people can do more than that. Any good ideas, dear readers...?
TEPCO Challenges website here.
TEPCO Green Power Program here:
The Green Power Certification System is a framework for the consignment of natural energy power generation by corporations and customer groups to Japan Natural Energy Company Limited, which mediates for windmill power generation companies. As of July 2004, 45 corporations and customer groups had contracted to purchase a total of 44.3 million kWh -- the equivalent electric power consumption of 12,300 households.
I wrote about Natural-e and their programs for "green power" in a previous post about Reducing fossile fuel use in Japan.
(Photos of sudare and power-saving fridge curtain from Nippon.fr)