Cristian Roman, the government representative in the northern county of Botosani, has decreed that elevators at the prefect's and county council offices will only be working between 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.
Roman says the measure will cut the electric bill. Some 200 people work in the five-story building.
Romania has been hard hit by the worldwide financial crisis. The International Monetary Fund said Thursday that Romania would receive a euro20 billion ($27.2 billion) loan from the IMF, the European Union and other financial institutions to boost government finances.