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Feature: Use compact fluorescent lamps and pay less for electric bills

Cebu City (27 October) -- Switching to efficient lighting from incandescent bulbs (IB) to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) will mean more savings in paying the monthly electric bills.

Allan Bacudo, science research specialist II of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division of the Department of Energy (DOE) bared that though CFLs may cost more than the IBs, buying CFLs will generate more savings on the part of the electric consumer.

"Incandescent bulbs generate more heat and not light. In fact, it is 80 percent more heat unlike compact fluorescent lamps which generate more light. Using incandescent bulbs means more energy is wasted," Bacudo stressed.

Bacudo made the statement during a recent presentation in Cebu City on the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) relative to the CFL distribution as the DOE promotes the use of CFLs to conserve energy and decrease the consumption of fuel use in response to address the growing alarm on climate change.

One CFL use for 1,000 hours per year will only consume 13 kWh per year compared to one IB that consumes 60 kWh per year for 1,000 hours annually, according to Bacudo.

"Given the comparison, there is a savings of 47 kWh per year per bulb," Bacudo said.

Distributing 1,000,000 bulbs will have an energy savings of approximately 47,000 MWh per year. While there is 47,000 MWh per year being displaced from fossil fuel power plants connected to the grid, this is said.

Decreasing the use of fossil fuel also reduces the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) as fuel use is a major culprit in GHG emissions, this is learned.

Bacudo said using CFL which is energy efficient means lesser consumption of fuel to operate power generation plants so emission of GHG is reduced.

A comparison of both the CFL and the IB were shown during the DOE presentation where the lumen output of a nine-wattage CFL is equivalent to 40-watts IB while the light generated for a 13-watts CFL is equivalent to 60-watts IB.

The 18-watts CFL is equivalent to the 75-watts IB while the 25-watts CFL is equivalent to 100-watts IB, the presentation showed.

"What is good is that one pays less in electric bills when one uses CFL because these bulbs are energy efficient," Bacudo emphasized.

Bacudo said a 15-wattage CFL costs over P100 while the same wattage of the IB is less than P100. The DOE official however, claimed that the CFLís 10,000 burning hours will last more than seven years and under warranty for two years while the IBís 10,000 burning hours will only lasts several months.

Kenjiro Suzuki, a clean development mechanism specialist of the Asian Development Bankís (ADB) Carbon Market Initiative who was also present in the forum said using CFL

will not only generate more savings per household but also in government subsidies.

Part of the PEEP is the use of CFLs as the government through the DOE embarks on the distribution of 13M CFLs to identified beneficiaries throughout the country. The PEEP has four components where CFL distribution is one while the money for the entire project is taken through an ADB loan of US $31M.

Suzuki who gave a presentation on Clean Development Mechanism showed the estimated savings brought about by the CFL distribution project translates to an influx of almost P890M annually in government subsidies. It also generates P400 to P2,400 in annual savings per household, the presentation likewise showed.

Cebu City meanwhile, is a recipient of the project where 250,000 CFLs will be distributed to households through the Visayan Electric Company (VECO). Each household can exchange a maximum of six IBs to CFLs as VECO will soon announce the venue of the distribution center. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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