19 Jan '11, 4am

S. Korea orders hotels, stores to turn down heat

SEOUL: South Korea has ordered department stores, offices and hotels to turn down the heating, officials said Wednesday, amid fears of power blackouts because of a prolonged cold spell. From next Monday, the temperature inside 441 buildings with large energy consumption will be limited to 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit), the Ministry of Knowledge Economy said. The order, effective until February 18, covers department and discount stores, hotels, office buildings and schools and offenders face fines of up to three million won ($2,690). The ministry had earlier ordered civil servants to keep office temperatures below 18 degrees Celsius, and encouraged them to wear thermal underwear to battle the cold. "As oil prices are expected to remain high throughout the winter and electricity demand is setting new records, there is a common understanding that there needs to b...

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