Christmas holiday tips for energy conservation PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 December 2014 13:31

It’s the season of the year when electric bills shoot beyond the average. It’s nice to see Christmas lights and decors blink and remind us of the festive mood these holidays. However, one can still enjoy the same festive atmosphere without hurting pockets.

The Department of Trade and Industry compiled some free simple tips and tricks to be energy-efficient at this time of the year.

Use LED Christmas lights

Light-emitting diode (LED) lights are believed to be energy efficient since they use 99% less energy compared to incandescent ones. Also, LED lights last longer compared to regular lights.

Set time on when to turn off holiday displays.

Set the holiday decors’ timer so it will turn off on your desired time. You can also assign a point person in your household to be responsible in turning off the displays. Also, consider reducing the operation hours of your outdoor Christmas lights.

Clean your electric fans and air conditioner’s filter.

Take advantage of this season’s cold weather as a time to clean the air ventilation. Dirty air ventilation uses more energy but reduces airflow.

Carefully organize food on refrigerator shelves.

It will allow sufficient airflow and efficient operation.

Use glass and ceramic pans when cooking.

These pans can help reduce cooking time as heat travels faster in glass than in steel/metal materials. Also, use pans that match the size of the stove to allow more heat to flow.

If possible, use smaller cooking appliances.

These are more energy-efficient if you’re preparing small meals.

Choose energy-efficient electronics.

In buying gifts for loved ones, choose energy-efficient electronics and appliances since they consume less energy.

These tips were gathered from www.hydroone.com as part of DTI’s continuing advocacy for an efficient and energy-thrift Christmas celebration.

DTI is also reminding the public to only use standard Christmas lights to ensure quality and safety of the public. Consumers should look for the authentic ICC or PS stickers when they buy.

To ensure authenticity of the stickers, Mr. Ceferino Rubio said, “For our consumers to spot fake ICC stickers, check the packaging if it bears the sticker, it’s about one inch in diameter, silvery or hologram in color with ICC mark in the middle. Next, peel off the sticker. It should have the word “VOID” or for the latest, the DTI marking because the stickers are made and issued by DTI. If these are not found, therefore, it is fake”. — Michael Vincent D. Cajulao/DTI-9