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DOE: Be energy efficient to save money

CEBU CITY, Cebu, May 19 (PIA) -- “Conserve energy and make energy efficiency a way of life to save money.”

Energy Usec. Felix William Fuentebella issued the statement as he urged the public to be wise energy consumers by consciously unplugging appliances when not in use, setting the temperature of the air conditioning unit to 25-degree celsius, and purchasing appliances and gadgets with labels certified by the Department of Energy (DOE), which are simple ways to conserve energy that can result to household savings.

Fuentebella said amid an ongoing pandemic and rising oil prices fueled by uncertainties of the Russia-Ukraine war with impact on costs of basic necessities, calculating one’s budget to meet the core’s family needs has never been more paramount.

“Simple and practical behaviors to conserve energy and making it a habit can result to substantial savings on our monthly budget, which could be spent more to buy food for the family,” said Fuentebella who was in Cebu on May 18 to kick off the five-day Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Information Campaign with interactive booths at the SM City Cebu.

The energy official lauded Pres. Rodrigo Duterte for signing RA 11285 or the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, which makes energy utilization a conscious effort to ensure the country’s energy security and sustainability.

“The DOE has already implemented the EEC campaign before, but the new law is more comprehensive,” said Fuentebella.

Under the law, apart from institutionalizing EEC as a national way of life, it also grants incentives to energy efficiency and conservation projects.

Energy Usec. Felix William Fuentebella (2nd from right) leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off the five-day Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Information Campaign with interactive booths at the SM City Cebu. (PIA-7)

At the interactive booths, Fuentebella said the public will learn the EEC measures and practices across all sectors from residential to transport, as first, the DOE is aggressively pushing for the Development for Renewable Energy Applications Mainstreaming and Market Sustainability or DREAMS Project.

“Let’s always remember that energy efficiency plus renewable energy enhances our ability to manage our energy use,” said the DOE undersecretary.

Fuentebella further invited the public to check the “City of Energia,” an application available at Google Play store and Apple App store, which is a virtual showroom with digital repository of national and local policies and guidelines, best practices in various sectors, educational materials, toolkits and technologies, and other related references.

The DOE is likewise pushing into a more cohesive “energy labels” through the Philippine Energy Labelling Program (PELP), to transform the market and encourage the shift in customer behavior towards the use of energy efficient products and technologies, said Fuentebella.

Under the PELP, the energy official encouraged the use of energy-efficient appliances, gadgets and technologies, including electric vehicle, which is the future of the country's transport system especially with the passage of RA 11697 or “An Act Providing for the Development of the Electric Vehicle Industry.”

In the country, the first pure electric vehicle is the Nissan Leaf, as the DOE hopes to see more technology for electric vehicles to reduce the country’s dependence on imported fuel.

Energy efficiency is the first step to achieve our goal to have a sustainable, stable, secure, sufficient, accessible, and reasonably priced energy for all, said Fuentebella.

He urged everyone to join the #EnerhiyangAtin mass movement, a campaign initiated by the DOE together with the Presidential Communications Operations Office to help Filipinos be more informed and knowledgeable on the judicious use of energy resources. (FCR/PIA7)

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