There is a lot of effort being made to reduce electricity. Some of it is useful useful - aircon no longer blasting through open shop windows onto the street, toilet seat warmers switched off. Some is counter-productive - I wonder how many computers will burn out from overheating in offices this year. Some is irritating - subways running at 80% capacity then being overcrowded, universities shutting early and not paying part time teachers (fortunately not me). More that could be done - aircon ran in the corridors at the uni through July!!
Here are some summer images.
It's a different mood to last year http://ponkanchan.blogspot.com/2010/08/some-summer-images.html
|Subways have signs up explaining how they|
are saving electricity.
|On Waseda dori in Kudan - a roof top garden on a school -|
keeping down the heat.
|Waseda dori - a green curtain before they became|
the essential household addition.
|A sign outside Tokyo Science University explaining how|
jets of mist keep the temperatures down.
|The jets of mist in action.|
|Energy saving on campus|
|This hand drier has been disabled to save electricity.|
|"Green curtains" are being encouraged|
|Greenery really does keep it cooler - I should learn how|
not to kill plants....
|Starting to see more green space in car parks - there is much scope|
|All the aircon..... the antithesis of sustainably cool|
|The seat warmer is disabled because of electricity.|