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Saving energy is easy as taking off your tie? Chile’s government says so! (video)

via Merco Press

The campaign, inspired in Spain and Japan, points out that using a tie needs more cooling and air conditioning than with out a tie.

If air conditioner temperatures are increased one to three degrees, the savings in power can reach 3% which means the equivalent of 10 million dollars in considerable savings between January and March, if government and private offices are considered, according to the Chilean Ministry.

During summer months the use of air conditioners increases considerably, even more if as weather forecasts indicate this season temperatures in Chile will be above 30 degrees Celsius.

So the invitation is for all professionals, top officials and other staff to feel free of taking their ties off, which even synonymous of formality, for many can also be suffocating.

“It’s a small gesture which we want to underline because it helps with energy efficiency. This has been implemented in other countries successfully which has helped to cut drastically the use of air conditioners generating power and economic savings and which we hope will involve both the public and private sectors” said Minister Alvarez.

The campaign was supported by other ministers, Andres Allmand, Pedro Pablo Errzuriz, Joaquin Lavin and Pablo Longueira, all of them with brief roles in a promotional video under the name of “let’s take our ties off”.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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