Saving Energy in Korea

by Lou-Ann Lee, 07/08/2008

Korea is becoming more and more energy conscious; in part because of an increasing environmental awareness and also because of the high cost of electricity and fossil fuels here. Yes, there are still a great number of individuals, Koreans and Expats, who leave their cars idling with the air conditioning or heating on for long periods of time, 30 minutes and even more; who keep their homes, offices or stores cool enough to refrigerate meat in the summer and hot enough to almost be called a sauna in the winter; and who leave television, computers, and other electrical applicances on 24/7. But the Ministry of the Environment has been conducting an education campaign and offers the following tips for energy conservation: Patek Philippe Grand Complications Replica

1. Turn off computers and other electrical applicances:
- Turn off PC monitors, printers, and copy machines during lunch and supper.
- Turn off electronic devices when not in use for a long time. 
- Put personal computers on energy-saving mode to reduce power consumption.

2. Switch off lights during lunch and supper.

3. Maintain indoor temperatures  at  below 20℃ (heating) and above 26℃ (cooling)

4. Pull off the plugs of electronic devices when leaving office.
The last person to leave the office should unplug electronic devices or ensure that the beaker switches are on standby power.

5. Use a personal handkerchief  when drying hands in a restroom instead of a paper or fabric towel.

6. Conserve paper by
- choosing double-sided printing(duplex printing) whenever you have more than one page to print.
- collecting and re-using papers which are printed on only one side.

7. Reduce the use of disposable cups by using personal cups instead of disposable ones.

8. Refrain from using elevators.
- Use the stairs when ascending to the second or third floors.
- Do not press the "close" button in an elevator.

9. Purchase or use electronic products with high energy efficiency.
- Electronic products registered in the Standby Power Reduction Program (products with energy-saving labels) are automatically switched to "minimum standby power mode" when not in use.
- Target items: computer, monitor, printer, fax machine, copy machine, document scanner, multiple-function printer, automatic energy-saving devices (i.e. multi-tap extension cords and electrical outlets with energy saving functions), direct current switching power supply (DC converter), TV set, video recorder, audio cassette player, DVD player, microwave oven, mobile phone battery charger, set-top b ox, video door phone, wired & wireless telephone, radio cassette player, bidet, modem, home gateway (a total of 22 items)

10. Take public transportation (subway, bus or train) rather than your car to also reduce traffic congestion.

11. Walk or use a bicycle when traveling a short distance.

12. Participate in public campaigns that encourage individual car owners to leave their vehicle at home on a certain day of a week.

13. Carpool with your co-workers living in neighboring areas.

14. Observe the economical speed range* when driving a car.
* The range of speeds within which a vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy A typical passenger car uses the least amount of gasoline in the speed range of 60~80km/h.

15. Avoid rapid acceleration and braking. 
- A car consumes 100cc of fuel when it makes 10 sudden starts, and 50cc when accelerating suddenly 10 times.

16. Do not leave your car idling for longer than 3 minutes (and always turn it off when pumping gas).

17. Warming up your car is necessary only in winter (in Korean winter warm-out should be maximum two minutes). 

18. Shift gear properly according to the speed of a car.
- You can save energy when you are in high gear.

19. Keep tires properly inflated.

20. Avoid keeping unneeded items in your vehicle. 
- Any extra weight in the trunk significantly reduces a car's fuel economy.

21. Use minicompact or subcompact cars. 
-  They are cheaper, and you can reduce maintenance costs as well.

22. Choose energy efficient cars. 
-  Most efficient cars (first grade) consume 30 to 40% less oil than least efficient ones (fifth grade).

23. Plan your trip before starting out.
- Check maps for the best route and listen to traffic broadcasts. (English 95.1).

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