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Cebu biz group shares practical energy saving tips

Cebu City (4 August) -- In support to the government's call to conserve energy in light of the surging energy crisis, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has also appealed to the public to observe energy efficient practices.

CCCI recommended 20 practical methods on fuel and energy saving measures suggested by member companies that can easily be done in the workplaces and right in your homes.

The fuel and energy saving tips are:

1. Remember to always turn off your lights when leaving a room.

2. The wattage rating tells how much electricity a bulb uses, not how bright it is. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are a bright idea. They use less electricity and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

3. Make sure that bulbs, fixtures, lenses, lamps and reflective surfaces are cleaned regularly. By removing grease, dust and other dirt, you can increase the output of your lights.

4. Your refrigerator accounts for 11 percent of your household's total energy consumption, so buying an energy-efficient model makes good sense. Today's energy-efficient refrigerators use 50 percent less energy than models made 10 years ago.

5. Organizing the food on your refrigerator shelves will allow for ample airflow and efficient operation.

6. Chest freezers are more energy efficient than upright models. Cold air stays in better when the door is opened.

7. A room air conditioner filter should be cleaned once per quarter. A dirty air filter reduces airflow and may even damage the unit.

8. A poorly performing air conditioner should be serviced without delay. Leaking refrigerant not only reduces the unit's efficiency - it is also emitting greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

9. You can save up to 50 percent of your cooking energy costs by using a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven. Microwave ovens cook food faster than conventional ovens because the energy goes directly into heating the food, not the oven or utensils.

10. An oven toaster uses much less energy than a conventional oven. It is also faster and more convenient for cooking small quantities of food. To operate a toaster oven energy efficiently, make sure that air can circulate freely around the appliance.

11. Iron your clothes in bulk once a week rather than ironing every time you change clothes every day.

12. Give your car a break. Combine trips whenever possible. Use mass transit, walk or bike whenever possible. Leaving your car at home just 2 days a week will save 1,590 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions each year!

13. Keep your car well-maintained to maximize its fuel efficiency, safety, and reliability. Check your tire pressure regularly to avoid the wear and tear and decreased gas mileage that can result from under-inflated tires.

14. Refrain from charging cellular phones when the battery is not yet fully empty. This not only save energy but also prevents early damaged of your cellular phones.

15. Unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when not in use.

16. Activate "sleep" features on computers, copiers, and other machines that power down when the equipment is on but not in use for a while, and turn off equipment during long periods of non-use to cut energy costs and improve longevity. Screen savers do NOT save energy.

17. Consider having employees use laptop computers since they use up to 90 percent less energy than a standard computer.

18. If it works for your business, consider ink-jet printers which also use 90 percent less energy than laser printers.

19. Choose a flat-panel computer monitor rather than a regular cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor. Some flat-panel liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors use considerably less electricity than comparably-sized CRT models, but the extra first cost is still much more than the lifetime energy savings. However, prices for LCD monitors have been dropping, so they may be cost effective. If you have to buy a CRT monitor, buy the smallest monitor that will meet your needs. The bigger the monitor, the more energy it uses. For example, a 17-inch monitor consumes 35 percent more electricity than a 14-inch monitor.

20. Implement paper-reducing strategies, such as double-sided printing, re-using paper, and using e-mail instead of sending memos or faxing documents not only save energy, but to conserve other resources.

In a release, the CCCI stated these simple no-cost/low-cost energy savings tips can serve as the starting point for energy conservation efforts to make your office or home energy efficient. The key to energy saving is to know how much you are using, where it goes and when you are using more than you think you should.

The CCCI has been feeling the crunch of power shortages and has sounded the alarm to government officials to ensure the province's energy security in the coming years. The manufacturing and information technology sectors are by far the most impacted due to their dependence on a reliable power supply. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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