Thanks to energy saving efforts, Ho Chi Minh City has successful spared 480 million kWh of electricity so far this year, up 10 percent over the same period last year.

The city has also reduced the power loss rate to 5.4 percent, down 0.16 percent year on year.

The results have proved the efficiency of many power saving programmes in the city, including a family electricity saving campaign in 2013-2015 and a safe and economical power use project with the participation of 24,000 students.

In addition, a programme to launch 25 model power saving streets has also helped save more than 334,500 kWh of electricity.

According to the municipal People’s Committee, in 2014 the city will continue implementing the modernisation of its electricity transmission network and the building of a smart power network to ensure safe and effective power use.

In addition, the city will also strive to further reduce the power loss rate to 5.3 percent, while strengthening research for renewable energy sources to ensure sustainable growth.

Ho Chi Minh City is among localities that consume a high amount of power, accounting for 15 percent of the country’s total power use. In 2013, the city used 18.8 billion kWh of power, a rise of 6.1 percent over last year’s amount.-VNA