Phnom Penh (FN), Feb. 1 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, on Monday, advised state institutions to save water and electricity in order to reduce government expense.

“State institutions and households must do the best to reduce electricity and water consumption. Do not use air-conditioner if not necessary and must turn off [AC, light and water tap] when leaving,” he said.

The premier also mentioned that some ministries, including Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, and the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, are taking advantages of solar energy, converting them to electricity.

The premier pointed out that Phnom Penh is still challenged by power outrage, as the capital has doubled its size from 300 square kilometers to more than 700 square kilometers. Demands of electricity consumption in Phnom Penh grows over 40 percent per annum, according to Premier Hun Sen.