By Roi Lomotan
Officials from the Department of Energy-Visayas Field Office (DOE – VFO) has cautioned residents here on the use of energy saving devices that promise to lower the electric consumption in homes.
Engr. Miguel Trenuela, Science Research Specialist II of Energy Resources Development and Utilization Division of DOE-VFO, disclosed during a Kapihan sa PIA forum held Sept. 4 that so far, no energy saving device has passed the quality tests administered by the department.
“Wala pa gyud nakapasar sa testing sa atong laboratory na naa’y energy saving device. Wala pod kami ga-recommend. Kon mopalit na sila, usahay madako pa na inyong consumption kay naa siyay self-consumption (As of now, no energy saving device has passed our laboratory testing. We also do not recommend any device. There’s a tendency that their electric consumption may increase when they buy it because the device itself consumes power),” Trenuela explained.
“Kanang energy – saving device na ingon sila isaksak lang sa saksakan maka-save na ka, actually modako pa na imo consumption kay naa pod siya self-consumption so makadugang pa siya. (Actually, those energy saving devices that claim to help reduce electric consumption when plugged in the electric outlets also use energy so there’s a possibility that electric usage will increase),” Trenuela said.
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Negros Oriental Consumer Protection Division Officer Hernel Sun, who was also in the Kapihan, urged consumers to refrain from buying products from individuals who are doing home solicitation sales.
Sun said these individuals visit barangays especially those in far-flung areas and sell their product to consumers and they appear to be legitimate sellers since they issue official receipts.
However, Sun disclosed that DTI found out that the declared office address of these sellers are non-existent after an inspection and validation done in response to complaints sent by consumers who bought energy saving devices.
Instead of lowering their electric bill, the devices they bought contributed to an increased power consumption.
Meanwhile, Trenuela gave some energy-saving tips to consumers to help them lower their power usage.
The DOE official cited the use of energy-efficient products like LED light bulbs as being effective in conserving energy in homes.
He urged consumers to look for the Energy Label Guide when buying refrigerators or air-conditioning units.
The Energy label Guide is the yellow sticker placed on refrigerators and air-conditioning units which certifies that appliance has underwent testing from DOE laboratory and are proven to conserve energy.
“Kon wala energy label, ayaw palita (If it does not have an energy label, don’t buy it),” Trenuela added.
He also noted that appliances with inverter type technologies are proven to be more energy efficient.
Trenuela also reminded consumers that practical measures like putting the temperature of the aircon into a comfortable level in which they suggest 25 degrees centigrade would be the ideal standard temperature, opening the refrigerators only when necessary, and keeping lights off when not in use would contribute a lot in conserving energy.
Energy efficiency and conservation are essential components of DOE’s E-Power Mo! Campaign, a nationwide information drive conducted in cooperation with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) which aims to communicate to every Filipino the major thrusts of the department and also proper energy utilization.
Engr. Rey Maleza, OIC-Chief of Energy Industry Management Division of DOE-VFO, underscored during the Kapihan that there are two approaches in energy conservation.
The first one is focuses on the supply side, while the other is on the demand side which refers to the consumers.
“Knowing na kabalo naman ta sa power cost per hour, fix man na siya. Ang ga-vary ra ang atong konsumo. Kanang konsumo based na sa atong aksyon. Kung gapatuyang ra ta: let’s say wala na’y tawo sa room sige ra abre ang aircon o electric fan, ga-on ang suga then maabtan ta ug pila ka oras. That means to say atong gipabay-an (Knowing that the power cost per hour is fixed, what varies is our consumption. Our consumption is based on our action. For example, there is no one in the room and the electric fan or aircon and the lights are turned on for hours, that means to say we don’t care),” Maleza said. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)