(Taguig City). Buy fuel efficient vehicles, choose household appliances with excellent energy efficiency ratings and unplug the latter when not in use for long periods of time.
These were some of the smart energy utilizations tips which Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Thursday (January 5) pushed to become a way of life for Filipinos starting this new year.
“I’d like to emphasize the concept of smart energy utilization so consumers can save on energy costs based on strategies already laid down by the government,” said Cusi.
Among the strategies being referred to by the secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) is the use by consumers of the Minimum Energy Performance Standard in the purchase and the proper use of energy efficient appliances.
Sec. Cusi said that the Yellow/Energy Labels on common household appliances state the energy efficiency ratings of the latter and should be used by consumers as a guide in purchasing said items.
Consumers should also turn off and unplug unused appliances to avoid electricity wastages, said the DOE chief, who added that regularly cleaning light bulbs, refrigerator, television, electric fan and air-conditioners can save power.
In view of the effects on oil and vehicle prices of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), Cusi urged consumers to be more rational in their choice of vehicles to buy, as well as in their fuel purchases.
Planning trips and properly maintaining vehicles will also save consumers money while prolonging the service life of their rides, added Cusi.
The DOE also offered the following tips:
• Gas up wisely by using quality and clean fuels and by not filling fuel tank up to the brim and tighten gas cap to avoid spillage;
• Avoid overloading; accelerate with care and anticipate stops;
• Avoid idling of vehicles; shift gears sensibly and pick a lane and stay on it;
• Use windows and air-conditioning wisely; keep the music volume down or turn off other unused and fancy car accessories;
• Check tires regularly; change oil and oil filters; and ensure regular and proper maintenance of the vehicles.
For those planning to buy new vehicles, the DOE said consumers should go for fuel economy.
According to the DOE’s data, a liter of diesel saved reduces emission of about 2.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2), while a liter of gasoline saved would be equivalent to 2.3 kilograms of CO2 release avoided.
“It’s the benefit for the consumers that is my primary concern,” concluded Cusi.