Petilla urges Pinoys: Limit air-con use this summer

by Jon Carlos Rodriguez,

Posted at Apr 14 2014 12:54 PM | Updated as of Apr 14 2014 08:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla is urging the public to conserve energy this summer by limiting the use of air-conditioning units during the peak hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Petilla said throughout the year, the time period of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is when the highest consumption of electricity is seen.

But because of the tight supply of power during the summer season, Petilla appealed to establishments, offices and households to regulate consumption during these hours.

He said if it can’t be helped to use air-con units due to the hot weather, another way to conserve energy is by adjusting the temperature of the units.

“Baka pwedeng sakripisyo ng konti, gawing 24 (degrees Celsius) kasi karamihan 21 (degrees Celsius) ang temperature natin, napakataas niyan,” he told dzMM on Monday.

“Halos kalahati ng bill niyo mababawasan kung mag-aadjust kayo ng temperature,” he added.

Petilla noted that in other countries like Korea and Japan, some restaurants turn off cooling systems during peak hours to save energy.

“Ang hinihiling ko naman talaga sa tao ay magtulungan tayo during that time. Hindi ka lang makakatipid pero makakatulong ka din sa supply namin,” Petilla said.

“We are trying to avoid rotating brownouts by making sure that supply is enough but ang tao ay makakatulong rin. Magtulungan tayo at this point. Sa summer lang naman, summer lang ang hinihingi ko,” he added.

Petilla also warned that the Luzon grid will be on yellow alert again on Wednesday, which means the power reserve is less than 600 megawatts.

The Malampaya power plant will be conducting maintenance activities, which is expected to affect its generating capacity.

Petilla assured the public that there shouldn’t be any risks of blackouts as long as other power plants don't go offline simultaneously.