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Offline thaiga

At a time when The ministry is asking that everyone in Thailand, homes, companies, etc, save power by doing such things as adjusting the temperature of air-conditioners to 26 degree Celsius, unplugging unused electrical devices, turning off electrical equipment.

Maybe they should look in a different place other than the home.

Bangkok’s lavish, air-conditioned malls consume as much power as entire provinces

How much luxury retail does one city need? Bangkok seems determined to find out. The Thai capital’s newest high-end mall, EmQuartier, opened March 27 featuring brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Prada, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany, Fendi, and Balenciaga.

It joins more than half a dozen similar shopping meccas within a three-mile (5 km) stretch along the city’s central Sukhumvit Road, many of them boasting the same expensive brands.

But the true cost may extend beyond Thailand’s borders. In part because of the city’s intense climate—it is one of the hottest big cities in the world—Bangkok malls and their massive air conditioning systems consume immense amounts of electricity. The huge Siam Paragon mall consumes nearly twice as much power annually as all of Thailand’s underdeveloped Mae Hong Son province, home to about 250,000 people.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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Thaiga. Thanks for that post. Really interesting and shocking in fact.
Too much retail space - that's for sure.
The same is true in the UK - I have been greatly offended by a similar problem in the UK with stores, in the depth of winter, keeping their doors open to  encourage customers to enter, but letting the heat out ! Being an aspirational grump, I have always tried to quietly shut the doors of shops as I go in.
Those stats about the shopping malls in BKK, are truly shocking though.
And 26C in the home ?? That's a bit low IMHO. 27/28 quite ok - we just use the a/c in the evening and in the bedroom until 2 am ish and then use a fan instead.
Driving through BKK on the m'ways - when you look around at all those massive buildings, industrial, commercial, retail and domestic - it's not hard to imagine how much power is being consumed. ATB