DOE gives out tips on energy conservation

By Jennica Rojas

SOME 300 individuals, representing the various government and non-government sectors, have received tips on energy conservation from the Department of Energy (DOE) during the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Seminar in Cagayan de Oro City, recently.

The presentation was conducted by DOE Senior Science Research Specialist Norita Froilan, focusing on household energy saving concepts and the supply of fossil fuels, environment; contribution to a sustainable future; boosting limited government resources; and money saving.

For electrical appliances, like washing machine, refrigerator and air conditioner, energy can be saved by choosing the right size of the unit, limiting the use of appliances or equipment, using them only when needed and unplugging them when not in use, Froilan explained.

She also urged the consumers to prepare every ingredient needed for continuous cooking. Heat must be in low-fire after the food boils. Pans and cook wares should also match with the size of the heating plate.

He added, consumers should find time soaking the clothes overnight to lessen the electrical use of washing machine. Drying the clothes under the sun can also lessen the use of dryer machines.
He further explained that ironing uses so much energy, “so consumers must select appropriate heat level for the clothes and avoid doing other things. Setting schedule for cloth ironing can save both time and energy for the consumers.”

Illuminating the corner of the house that only needs light, replacing incandescent bulb with a Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL), cleaning the tubes of the lamp regularly and using natural lighting when feasible can also help save energy.

Froilan also said that consumers must set timer for air conditioners to make sure it will not be left turned on while in sleep and avoid electric fan oscillation because the pressure consumes more energy.

Froilan left the participants with basic parameters in electricity conservation such as reducing the number of units being used, making use of low rating smaller unit appliance or equipment and finding alternative way of doing things. (Jennica Rojas/RTP/PIA10/ALC/jdelpf)

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