The 3-Day Weekend Is Venezuela's Solution For Saving Electricity
Venezuela is giving state employees Fridays off in an effort to save electricity.By Ben Lawson | April 7, 2016
Venezuela's president is giving state employees three-day weekends in April and May in an attempt to save electricity.
A prolonged drought in the country has depleted water levels at hydroelectric power plants. Levels at a dam that supplies 75 percent of the capital's power are getting so low, the government might have to shut it down soon.
In addition to temporarily cutting the state's workweek, President Nicolás Maduro is asking everyone to drastically cut their energy consumption. Heavy industrial companies will also be asked to cut energy consumption by an additional 20 percent.