Information: Encouraging wise consumption of electricity

from May 7, 2014 04:00 pm to May 7, 2014 04:00 pm

May 7, 2014


The Department of Energy (DOE) encourages the public to use fuels and electricity judiciously, especially these summer months when the demand is higher. The DOE also encourages consumers to buy products that have energy labels, such as those for household air conditioners (except the inverter type), household refrigerators (five to eight cubic feet in size), compact fluorescent lamps (self-ballasted), linear fluorescent lamps, circular fluorescent lamps, and ballasts. Simple household energy saving tips are posted at the DOE website and


To reduce electricity bills, consumers are advised to look for a high Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER), which refers to the cooling efficiency of the unit, in buying a new air conditioner. For refrigerators and freezers, the yellow energy guide bears the Energy Efficiency Factor (EEF) of the unit. The higher the energy efficiency rating, the lower the energy consumption. For fluorescent lamps, the energy label indicates the light output in lumens, power consumption, lamp efficacy, and average life. More lumens means more light output. The higher the efficacy rating, the lower the energy consumption. Safety tests are being administered by the Bureau of Product Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry.


The DOE, through the assistance of the Asian Development Bank, recently established state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for performance testing of television sets, washing machines, refrigerators, and freezers. The agency warns the public on false claims of some companies that their products, when attached to electrical appliances or lighting products, can bring about a reduction in energy consumption. Energy saving devices should undergo testing, using the accepted technology verification protocol to prove claims regarding the functional performance of such devices. With real energy saving devices, people can reduce their energy consumption and thus save money, particularly at this time when the supply and cost of electricity have stirred public concern.


The DOE hopes that with the stakeholders’ cooperation, integrating energy efficiency will significantly help in achieving energy security, optimal energy pricing, and a sustainable energy plan for the country. The government continues to monitor the energy performance of appliances and lighting products covered by the energy standards and labeling program through laboratory tests and further advised that consumers should be extra cautious in purchasing energy saving devices and consult with the DOE-Consumer Welfare and Promotions Office before making any purchase.