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 utilization habits that Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said Thursday (January 5) should 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.
Another strategy Cusi suggested is the use by consumers of the Minimum Energy Performance Standard in the purchase of appliances and their proper use.
Cusi said the yellow energy labels on common household appliances state the energy efficiency ratings to guide consumers in purchasing said items.
Consumers should turn off and unplug unused appliances to avoid electricity wastages while regularly cleaning light bulbs, refrigerator, television, electric fan and air-conditioners can save power, he said.
In view of the effects on oil and vehicle prices of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, 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 cars, added Cusi.
The DOE further offered the following tips:
• Gas up wisely by using quality and clean fuels, do not fill fuel tank up to the brim and tighten gas cap to avoid spillage;
• Avoid overloading, accelerate with care and anticipate stops;
• Avoid idling 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 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. p: wjg