An all-out effort to conserve power voluntarily in Canberra was announced by the Depart- ment of the Interior yesterday, following discussions with supply
authorities in Goulburn.
Power consumption in the next month in Canberra will be watch- ed closely, and if saving was sat- isfactory regular blackouts would be considerably reduced, it was
A spokesman for the depart- ment appealed to residents to observe voluntary as well as re- gulation restrictions.
Restrictions under regulations include a complete ban on power between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for space heating, advertising signs, shop window lighting, and exter- nal lighting generally; a ban on use of electricity on residential premises between 8 a.m. and 9.30 am., except for refrigera- tion, clocks and wireless sets; and consumption of electricity for interior lighting in offices, shops and halls between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., not to exceed 50 per cent of consumption on May 1.
Exemptions may be granted for use of radiators and for light- ing, but application must be made to the Department of the
Officials do not believe that a saving of 18 per cent., as in 1951, can be achieved because of popu- lation increases, but are hopeful of substantially reducing local winter consumption.
The appeal coincides with a "blitz" in departmental offices.
An inspector is being employed full-time on the job, and radia- tors have been withdrawn from
A number of sections have asked for kerosene heaters where rooms are not steam-heated.
The inspector said yesterday: "I nearly burnt my hand on several radiators, which were