TIPID TIPID DIN: Solon calls for the start of using energy efficiently


Vice chairman of the House committee on energy Rep. Carlos Roman Uybarreta encourages consumers to start using energy efficiency as there’s a probability that electricity prices to increase due to higher temperature brought by summer season.

“As early as now, we must get ready for the hotter days of the current El Nino summer. Daig ng maagap ang masipag,” said Rep. Carlos Roman Uybarreta, vice chairman of the House committee on energy.

“This water shortage is but a precursor of what lies ahead. As summer temperatures rise, more people will switch on their aircons and electric fans. Summer vacation means, more people are at home with their families instead of at school or work. All these raise demand for electricity,” Rep. Uybarreta explained.

He also advised homeowners to improve ventilation in their residences and opt for more energy efficient appliances.

“Repainting roofs and outer walls with lighter shades of paint will reflect light and heat instead of absorbing them, making indoor temperatures more comfortable,” he said.

He also suggested the use of green technologies in office complexes, malls, and condominiums.

“Now is also the time to check electrical wirings to prevent fires. Overheating and overloading circuits because of higher and longer electricity consumption are among the leading causes of fire during summer,” Uybarreta said.

The proposed Energy Efficiency and Conservation law was already ratified by the Congress last January, he added.

He asks the leadership of both chambers to swiftly submit the ratified bill to President Rodrigo Duterte for signing.

The Enercon bill is one of 1-CARE Party list’s priority energy legislation.