The government has asked homes and businesses to conserve as much electricity as they can during the upcoming winter months to deal with a reduction in expected supply, but they are not being asked to cut their usage by a fixed percentage.

“As was the case this summer, we have not set a numerical target for energy consumption over the winter months, but would like to ask the entire country to cooperate in conserving energy within a reasonable range,” economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said at a news briefing Tuesday.

To help accomplish that, Nishimura suggested a number of basic electricity saving measures, including lowering the heating, turning off lights in unused rooms and wearing more clothing while indoors.