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Utah’s administrative offices are open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Administrative offices are closed Fridays, but essential public services that normally operate on extended hours and weekends, such as law enforcement, will remain unaffected.

The change will affect about 17,000 employees, or about 80 percent of the state government work force.

“As we go forward with this initiative, we will conserve energy, save money, improve our air quality and enhance customer service,” said Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., a Republican, when he announced the program several weeks ago. “We live in a dynamic, ever-changing environment, and it’s crucial that we take a serious look at how we can adapt and maintain our state’s unparalleled quality of life.”

The governor said the program, which is expected to shave about 20 percent off the state’s energy costs, will be evaluated in one year to allow for any “necessary adjustments.”