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Gov’t mounts campaign to save energy

The government will soon launch an intensified public information campaign promoting energy conservation and efficiency amid the recent power interruptions in Luzon.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office will work together with the Department of Energy to craft a program on ways to save and conserve energy, according to Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

“Napag-usapan din sa Cabinet meeting iyong energy conservation campaign. So ang DoE at ang PCOO, tayo, ay magkakaroon tayo ng isang programa. magmi-meeting pa tayo with the Department of Energy kung papaano natin ikasa itong…how to conserve energy,” he said over government radio recently. “Kasi kailangan din nating magtipid ng kuryente, hindi naman ‘yan isang bagay na naibabalik mo, lalo na kung hindi reusable, ‘di ba, iyong pinanggagalingan ng kuryente,” he said.

Andanar also pushed for the development of alternative sources of energy, especially clean and renewable power, in the country. “Hindi naman lahat naka-solar power, hindi naman lahat naka-windmill, hindi ba. So kailangan talaga iyong – siguro in the future ‘no, magkaroon tayo ng energy sources na less pollution at iyong puwedeng gamitin ulit,” he said.

Energy Assistant Secretary Redentor Delola who was also in the radio interview urged Filipinos to adopt an “energy-efficient” lifestyle.

He said the public should make it a practice to unplug appliances when not in use and set air conditioning units at 24 degrees Celsius.

Deloa also urged people to avoid using high power-consuming appliances in peak hours, or between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Luzon. Getting energy-efficient appliances would also help save energy, he added.

“Iyong mga luma na nating mga gamit sa bahay, kung pag-aaralan natin, kung palitan natin siya ng mas efficient na mga appliances and equipment, baka mas makatipid pa tayo in the long run,” he said.

The government’s latest pitch for energy conservation came after rotational power blackouts hit the Luzon grid due to unexpected outages in some power plants last week. (Genalyn Kabiling)

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