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Taipei offers prizes for energy-saving residents

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Energy conservation is set to become more than a money-saving measure, as Taipei City’s Department of Environmental Protection initiates an energy-saving competition with NT$1 million (US$290,000) in prizes to reward residents who save at least 10 percent of their normal electricity use.

City residents who are able to save 10 percent of the electricity they use between June and August compared with their figure last year will be eligible to win prizes, the department said.

Chiu Yi-liu (邱一流), a division chief at the department, said the competition aimed to encourage residents to save more energy in the summer when the demand for electricity is at its peak.

Residents are encouraged to mail electricity bills for August or September, which show the amount of electricity used in June to August, to the department before Oct. 16 if they were able to save more than 10 percent of the electricity they used in the same period last year, Chiu said.

The department will then draw out 169 lucky residents and grant each of them cash prizes ranging from NT$3,000 to NT$100,000 on Nov. 11, Chiu said.

Interested Taipei residents should mail their electricity bills to: 11099, PO Box 109-923, Taipei Post Office.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.dep.taipei.gov.tw or call the Taipei Citizen’s hotline at 1999 ext.7252.

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