Consumers told not to waste electricity



By Rose de la Cruz


Even if there is still no power outage or brownouts of long intervals happening in Metro Manila, still the yellow alert from April 5 to June 13 should remind consumers not to be complacent and wasteful in their electric consumption.


Rep. Carlos Roman Uybarreta,1st Consumer Alliance for Rural Energy Inc. partylist and principal author of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (HB8629) said a yellow alert means it is better to conserve electricity than be sorry in a blackout.


Any sudden outage of a major power plant, any sudden surge in electricity use by millions of people all at once, can wipe out megawatts of reserves in an instant, said Uybarreta.


Recalling the massive Luzon-wide power blackouts in the dry season of 2013, Uybarreta said consumers and energy officials must be cautious and vigilant to avoid brownouts or blackouts this El Niño summer of 2019.


"Prudence, moderation, and caution are always good to keep in mind. Although energy officials do not expect power shortages, it is better to be safe than sorry," said Uybarreta, House energy committee vice chairman.


"The power supply yellow alert from April 5 to June 13 is there for good reason. We should not be complacent. Any sudden outage of a major power plant, any sudden surge in electricity use by millions of people all at once, can wipe out megawatts of reserves in an instant," Uybarreta cautioned.


He reiterated his appeal on the swifter transmission of the ratified energy conservation bill to Malacanang so it could be signed into law sooner rather than later.


"Pangontra sa init ng summer ang masinop na paggamit ng mga aircon at electric fan. Mga kurtina o window shades para hindi pumasok sa bahay ang sinag ng araw. Kung wala kayong aircon, buksan ang mga bintana para pumasok at umikot ang hangin sa loob ng bahay," Uybarreta said.


"Dahil malakas naman ang sikat ng araw, pwede nang bawasan ang paggamit ng dryer kapag ginagamit ang washing machine, Isampay lang ang labahin sa matinding sikat ng araw," the congressman advised consumers so they could save on electricity.



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