Policy over temperature limit gets warm reception

Posted on August 12, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

-The Star-

PETALING JAYA: The latest policy to set a temperature limit on air-conditioners in government offices has received the thumbs up from various organisations.

Consumers Association of Penang president S.M. Mohamed Idris lauded the move but called for the policy to be implemented in the private sector immediately instead of in 2013.

“There is no need to wait. The policy should be extended to industries and the commercial sector while individuals should also practise energy-saving steps on their own accord,” he said.

He added that the people should also learn to switch off electrical appliances such as televisions and lights when they were not needed to avoid depleting the country’s energy resources.

Water & Energy Consumers Association Malaysia secretary-general Soon Weng Lian said the move was timely as there was a need to reduce energy consumption.

Soon said the construction of future buildings must also take into consideration the need for natural ventilation and shade if the energy-saving move was to be further extended.

Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said the Government had to be mindful that there were certain operations, such as a company’s server room, that required the room temperature to be lower than 24C.

He hoped the Government would study the policy carefully before implementing it to ensure companies were not penalised unnecessarily.

Fomca president Datuk N. Marimuthu said individual consumers could also play a role by switching off electrical appliances when not in use instead of putting the items on stand-by mode

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