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Firms implement energy savings amid price hikes

2012/05/12 18:43:16

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) Companies in Taiwan have asked their employees to save energy at work while workers have also stoppedshopping for clothes as part of their efforts to deal with the recent hikes on electricity bills and commodity prices, according to the results of a survey released on Saturday.

The results of the online survey conducted by the 360d job bank showed that many firms have adopted energy saving measures at workplaces to save resources and cut their electricity spending.

According to the survey, 58 percent of the respondents have been asked to only use recycled paper to make black and white photocopies.

Some 55 percent of the workers said their companies now turn off unnecessary lights, while 40 percent said the air conditioners at their offices can only be switched on at specific times and the temperature setting cannot be lower than 26 degrees Celsius.

Even more notable is that 12 percent of the people polled said their employers don't provide tea bags, coffee or toilet paper at their offices.

In addition, workers said they have made a great effort to cut their daily spending. For example , 62 percent have stopped buying clothes while 52 percent said they only buy discounted items.

The survey also found that 41 percent of the workers take public transport to save money and 30 percent of them only take showers, not baths, to cut their electricity bills.

The online bank collected 1,207 valid responses between April 27- May 4. The survey has a confidence level of below 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

(By Wu Ching-chun and Maia Huang)