DOE ready to distribute energy efficient CFL bulbs nationwide

Monday, September 17, 2012 12:00 AM    Views : 2056by:Philippine News Agency

The Department of Energy(DOE) announced Monday its readiness to distribute some 3.6 million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for free to households nationwide.

The distribution, which will be done in a one-week period starting September 22 until September 28, 2012, and will be limited among electric consumers, is part of the efficient lighting initiatives under the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) of the DOE.

DOE Undersecretary Loreta G. Ayson, said the CFL distribution is under the "Bright Now! Do Right. Be Bright Campaign" of the National Residential Lighting Program of DOE.

"This simple action of switching from incandescent bulb to energy efficient CFL will help reduce peak demand, thereby avoiding the use of expensive fossil-based power plants hence, reducing the average cost of power generation," Ayson said.

The distribution will be made through the 188 congressional districts and 51 party list representatives, which have earlier forged the Memoranda of Agreement with the DOE for the distribution of CFLs to their target beneficiaries.

Given an allocation of 10,000 CFLs per district and two CFLs per household, the distribution shall be on a first-come first-served basis.

DOE advised consumers to coordinate with their respective district representatives, particularly, the location of the claim centers. They are required to bring their most recent electricity bill to these centers to qualify for free CFLs.

On the other hand, the PEEP has also allocated about 1.2 million CFLs for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

These will be distributed through DSWD's National Poverty Reduction Strategy and Countryside Partnership, which aims to bring better products and services to disadvantaged individuals, families and communities for an improved quality of life, the DOE said.

Since 2009, the DOE has already distributed five million quality CFLs with 10,000 burning hours.

These efficient lamps have, as envisioned, saved 223.56 million kWh/year or about P 2.24 billion in monetary savings.

Another 3.6 million 14-Watt CFLs are up for distribution this year. For this batch, the country will eventually save another 82.78 million kWh/year reduction in electricity consumption equivalent to P 827.82 million and at the same time, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 44,702 tons.

The DOE has underscored the importance of energy efficiency initiatives not only for the present time but also in the long-run.

Usec. Ayson also added that " the use of efficient lighting in households will result to lower energy bills thereby stretching their budget for more important needs."

The DOE, being at the forefront of sustainable development, and with the cooperation and support of stakeholders, energy efficiency and conservation will continue to be one of its major strategies in achieving energy security and independence as it pursues development of indigenous and cleaner energy resources.



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