Issue of January 6, 2019

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Public urged to adopt energy efficient lifestyle this 2019
by DOE release

“Save save save” is the 2019 opening mantra of the Department of Energy for Filipino consumers as the new year unfolds.

Sec. Alfonso G. Cusi advised the public to embrace an energy efficient lifestyle for them to save more in 2019.

“Embracing an energy efficient lifestyle will make our families and our nation more prosperous,” Cusi said.

Cusi shared 10 New Year’s resolutions toward electricity and fuel efficiency.

The DOE said the public can save money by turning off lights when not needed. By turning off one light bulb for five hours per day, one can save 2.1 kilowatt-hour per month or P21.

Unplugging unused electric appliances can also save money. Unplugging appliances avoids “phantom load” or the wasted energy for leaving appliances plugged but unused.

Cusi said a CRT television (eight watts standby power) and its cable or digital box (eight watts standby power) combined consume a total of 16 watts of phantom load or an equivalent of P57.60 worth of wasted electricity per month.

Households can also save money by using LED lighting system. At the most, 86 percent energy is saved by switching from incandescent bulb to LED or 50 percent savings from compact fluorescent lamp to LED.

One can save money by maintaining the cleanliness of your electric appliances (e.g., air-conditioners and refrigerator) by around P96 for regularly cleaning the filters and condensers of a one horsepower conventional aircon being operated for eight hours per day. On refrigerator, a total of 13.5 kilowatt-hours can be saved every month if it’s clean and not overloaded.

Defrosting frozen food prior to cooking also translates to savings as it reduces LPG/electricity consumption.

Cusi also advised the public to take advantage of the sun’s heat and light even more. More than the savings on lighting during the day, one can take advantage of the heat of the sun to dry clothes instead of spin dry or heated drying.

Having correct tire pressure also saves money. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every one pound per square inch drop in pressure of all four tires. One can save at least P150 per month for gasoline, while P120 for diesel by just having correct tire pressure.

Checking and replacing car air filters regularly results in savings. About 10 percent of fuel consumption can be saved by replacing clogged air filters. This would improve the car’s gas mileage and avoid impurities that are harmful to the engine. An estimated nine liters per month can be saved or about P432 for gasoline or P340 for diesel.

Households can also save money by auditing the home system’s consumption and performance. One can save at least 10 percent from the monthly electricity bill if they audit or monitor the electricity consumption of each of the appliance/equipment. If the bill is P2,000 per month, the saving is at least P200.

Save money by buying more energy efficient electric appliances and gadgets (e.g., inverter technologies). Inverter air-conditioners can save up to 20 to 40 percent energy consumption equivalent to P400 to P800 savings per month. For inverter refrigerators, one can save up to 20 to 30 percent energy consumption equivalent to P160 to P240 savings per month.

“Let us welcome the new year with new perspective, new hopes, and new ways in dealing with our daily activities in 2019,” said Cusi.

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