Do 'power savers' help? Not really, DOE says

Posted at 04/04/14 2:17 AM

MANILA – The Department of Energy has warned the public against the use of "power savers," as the gadgets do not really help reduce power consumption.

Aside from being ineffective, the DOE said these gadgets are expensive.

"May ilang na-test pero 1 percent lang and savings. Kinokontrol nya ang amperes, so baka masira pa ang appliances,” said Vilma Reyes, a senior science research specialist of the DOE.

The DOE suggests that instead of using gadgets that may damage appliances, people should just implement practical power saving measures at home:

• Filters of air-conditioning units should be cleaned regularly to prevent expensive repairs and increase the efficiency and reliability of the unit
• Avoid opening the refrigerator unless necessary
• Keep electric fans steady and at low speed; higher speed means higher consumption
• Use CFL bulbs that last six times longer than incandescent bulbs

These tips, the DOE said, will help consumers brace for an expected power rate hike to be implemented by Meralco this summer.

Meralco is expected to increase power rate by 70 centavos per kilowatt hour this April, and more than P1.50 in May.

Consumers, meanwhile, will be implementing their own power saving measures this summer season.

"Hindi na masyado nag-a-aircon...iyung power saver, 'di effective," Roseanne Mirasol, a consumer, said. -- From a report by Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News