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2006/10/16

Ifelco shares tips in cutting electric bills

by Vency D. Bulayungan

LAGAWE, Ifugao (16 October) -- Even as the Department of Energy (DOE) assures the public that there is enough energy supply in the coming years, the agency in coordination with the Ifugao Electric Cooperative (IFELCO) here provides tips on how to cut electric bills.

“Even if we are assured of sufficient supply of energy, we should also know how to conserve it,” said Jovita Allaga, a Division Chief of the IFELCO.

Here are some tips: for refrigerators and freezers, defrost regularly. More than ¼ inch ice build up of frost puts up an extra load on the compressor motor.

For kitchen appliances, do not boil water in an open pan/pot. Covered pot/pan will boil sooner over less heat. Once it is boiling, keep it with low flame as much as possible. Always clean range top, burner and reflectors because it helps to produce more heat thus consuming less energy.

Never put small pans on large heating elements on electric stoves or big burners in gas stove. Have all ingredients ready while cooking to avoid frequent switching on and off the electric stove and thaw frozen food thoroughly before cooking.

Laundry appliances also contribute much in the consumption of energy Allaga said. In order to minimize this, avoid washing partial loads. Pre soak dirty clothes, probably the night before. Wash heavy and light weight laundry separately. Electric clothes drier uses large amount of energy to dry clothes. Practice using the old fashioned clothes line.

Iron clothes during off-peak hours or before 9 am and after 9 pm. This helps lessen the demand for electricity during peak hours. Do all ironing at one time and turn off flat iron shortly before ironing the last piece, it will stay hot just enough to finish the job.

Airconditioner should be turned off if the room is not being used for a long time. Turn off unused lights and other appliances that give off heat. Change incandescent to fluorescent bulbs. Use a small electric fan to spread cooled air around the room. Choose an air conditioning unit with high “Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) because high EER has a more efficient motor than the one with lower EER, and consumes less electricity.

“Though we are an cooperative, we are also concerned about the high cost of living brought about by energy consumption,” Allaga said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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