Filipinos sweat to save energy as oil bill jumps

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MANILA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The Philippines halted government car purchases on Tuesday and ordered civil servants to sweat through the end of the day without air conditioning as part of plans to slash an oil import bill bloated by record crude prices. The energy conservation campaign, which also calls on the public to leave cars at home one day each week and to share rides with relatives and friends, would save $784 million a year, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said. "Our energy ...

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