Sec. Cusi and his energy-saving tips

January 12, 2019

SECRETARY Alfonso Cusi of the Department of Energy (DOE) is one government official who truly cares for the public. This can be gleaned from the fact that his efforts at promoting the adoption of an energy-efficient lifestyle for all Filipinos continue without letup.

Only recently, he led the launching of the DOE’s ‘Save Save Save’ campaign for 2019, underscoring the importance of making wise energy choices. “Save Save Save,” is the 2019 opening mantra of the Department of Energy (DOE) to Filipino consumers as the new year unfolds.

The energy chief, through his Undersecretary Wimpy. Fuentebella, also emphasized the DOE’s energy resolutions and reminded Filipino consumers to embrace an energy-efficient lifestyle.

Toward fuel efficiency, Sec. Cusi reiterated five important tips:

1) Drive at a steady speed. By reducing speed from 120 to 80 kph, tests conducted with popular cars indicated a 25 percent improvement in fuel economy.

2) Anticipate stops. Tests prove that vehicles driven at 60 kph can travel a distance of 650 meters with gradual halts do not consume additional fuel.

3) Minimize vehicle load. Transporting unnecessary weight in your car results in an additional ten percent fuel consumption. 

4) Try the “Ang-cash Tipid” (Carpooling Program). Carpooling is an arrangement whereby several individuals travel together in a private vehicle. Carpoolers share the costs of gas and often take turns to drive to their common destination.

5) Plan trips and avoid peak hours and busy roads. During off peak hours, consider using available MRT and LRT lines.

6)  the correct tire pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4% for every one  pound per square inch (psi) drop in pressure of all four tires. You can save at least P150 per month for gasoline, while P120 for diesel by just having correct tire pressure.

7) Please check and replace car air filters regularly. About 10 percent of fuel consumption can be saved by replacing clogged air filters. This would improve your car’s gas mileage, not to mention help you avoid impurities that are harmful to your engine. An estimated nine liters per month can be saved or about P432 for gasoline or P340 for diesel.

Sec. Cusi also came out with simple household tips on electricity and fuel efficiency which could spell huge savings:

1) Turn off lights when not needed. By turning off one light bulb for five hours per day, you can save 2.1 kilowatt-hour per month or P21.00;

2) Unplug unused electric appliances. Unplugging your appliances avoids “phantom load” or the wasted energy for leaving appliances plugged but unused. A CRT television (eight watts standby power) and its cable or digital box (8 watts standby power) as combined consume a total of 16 watts of phantom load or an equivalent of P 57.60 worth of wasted electricity per month;

3) Use LED lighting system. You can save at most 86% energy by switching from incandescent bulb to LED or 50% savings from compact fluorescent lamp to LED;

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

5) Defrost frozen food prior to cooking. Thawing your frozen good before cooking reduces LPG/electricity consumption, thus saves money;

6) Take advantage of the sun’s heat and light even more. More than the savings on lighting during the day, you can take advantage of the heat of the sun to dry up clothes instead of spin dry or heated drying;

7) Audit your home system’s consumption and performance. You can save at least 10 percent from your monthly electricity bill if you audit or monitor the electricity consumption of each of your appliance or equipment. If your bill is P2,000 per month, you can save at least P200,

8) Buy 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, you 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,” Sec. Cusi imparted.

Indeed, in order for us to save more in 2019, we have to embrace an energy-efficient lifestyle.

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