DoE calls for energy-efficient lifestyle

Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi and Ambassador Koji Haneda test-drive the hybrid car. (DOE photo)

The Department of Energy (DoE) has called on the public to adopt an energy efficient way of life as an immediate coping measure amid the continuing rise in prices of petroleum products.

“We feel and understand the daily plight of common Filipinos as the prices of basic commodities rise. We experience the same. There are ways, however, to manage the effects of the rising costs of fuel and some of these are actually doable solutions at home or while you’re on the road,” DoE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.

Efficient driving practices such as advanced planning of routes to do everyday tasks and chores, carpooling to work and school, and the practice of fuel-efficient driving habits are just some approaches that will lead to fuel savings, according to Cusi.

At home, it may be as simple as turning off lights when not in use and switching to LED lighting and energy-efficient appliances, he added.

“These tips, when applied in our routines, would entail savings that would allow us to budget for other basic needs of the family. We hope that we develop a mindset wherein we remain conscious of our energy consumption habits so we can have more savings not only as a family, but as a nation,” Cusi added, noting that combined energy savings from the public will also beneficially impact the country.

Aside from promoting an energy-efficient lifestyle, the DoE is continuously looking for ways to help ease the effects of rising fuel costs and the current economic situation in the country.

The DoE is actively discussing with oil companies fuel discounts for public utility drivers. So far, these drivers enjoy a P2 to P3 pesos per liter discount.

The DoE is also aggressively conducting its E-Power Mo campaign to empower consumers with crucial information that will help them make informed energy decisions. Today, E-Power Mo has transformed into a movement of Filipinos becoming more adept at energy-related issues and adoption of an energy-efficient way of life.

More information on how to have an energy efficient lifestyle can be found at the DoE’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook. com/ and its official website: https:// www.doe.

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