During the dry season, temperatures soar, as expected especially in Philippines, one of those countries which are located near the equator, where the sun rays directly hit. Cebu Technological University is taking part in a national cooperative energy-reduction program to help stabilize the power grid and prevent brownouts in the Cebu City area. This initiative benefits our climate by removing the need for more polluting “peaker” power plants and by supporting our communities to reduce the burden on our electricity system. As a major electricity customer, Cebu Technology University’s participation in these voluntary curtailments, including the actions of our faculties, non-academic employees, students, on-site Contractors/Suppliers working on CTU’s behalf, and visitors have a vital role in contribution to these goals.
On days of constraint, Cebu Technological University sends a notification to all faculty, non-academic employees, students, on-site Contractors/Suppliers working on CTU’s behalf, and visitors encouraging our campus community to take easy steps to conserve electrical energy.
In the first year of the initiative, notified faculty, non-academic employees, students, on-site Contractors/Suppliers working on CTU’s behalf, and visitors, made significant contributions to energy consumption, indicating our community-wide dedication to energy conservation and a sustainable university. Everyone must be responsible to use energy which is under their control efficiently.
The purpose of this policy is to define CTU’s approach in adequately managing its energy usage, leading to efficiency and conservation.
All faculty, staff, students, on-site Contractors/Suppliers working on CTU’s behalf, other non-academic employees, and visitors have a vital role to play in conserving energy. Everyone must be responsible to use energy which is under their control efficiently.
The Cebu Technological University (CTU), the Premier University is committed to undertaking an Energy Conservation Program through the following initiatives:
Compliance with all applicable legal requirements;
Responsible energy use;
Encouraging continuous improvement in energy conservation by academic and non-academic personnel;
Regular conduct of an Energy Audit.
How can we help in Energy Conservation?
By strictly restricting usage of energy, we can help in energy efficiency and environmental protection. To make a meaningful contribution to the cause, university employees, students and visitors must bear in mind the following:
Switch off artificial lights if not necessary and use natural light as much as possible.
Use energy-saving bulbs.
Use hibernation feature if taking a break or before leaving the computer.
Switch off equipment when not in use.
Unplug unused equipment and appliances.
Print only when necessary.
Control your heating and cooling.
Use environment friendly equipment and appliances (e.g. energy-saving; inverters)
Share the energy conservation tips in your office.
Practice energy conservation ideas into effect for ultimate savings daily!
Recommendations from the result of the previous Energy Audit
Replace conventional fluorescent tube lamps with LEDs of the same lumens.
Install motion detectors to turn on/off lights automatically, otherwise place proper signage in every light switch.
Install brick inside the water tank closet (toilet) to reduce flushing water quantity.
Replacement of conventional air-con with inverter type.
Conduct cooling load calculations to every room to be air-conditioned to determine the air-con to be installed.
At the end of the Fiscal Year, the following are the expected results:
About 40-50% reduction in the lighting energy consumption is expected
Additional 70% savings will be realized in the energy consumption for light with a motion sensor or about 15% without the motion sensor but with proper signage to put off the light when not in use.
Approximately 1.0 liter per water closet (toilet) per flushing can be realized
A 20-35% reduction in air conditioning energy consumption by replacing old and inefficient units with inverter type
After the thorough cooling load calculations and repairs of the thermal leakages in all rooms with aircon and rooms to be air conditioned, an energy consumption reduction of about 45% can be attained.
Useful links for energy conservation for the university
Goodenergy.co.uk GOOD ENERGY (new window) – Tips to save electricity expenses.
Energy conservation: 10 ways to save energy
Payless Power Tips (new window) – Saving electricity comes with number of ways and the effect of certain strategies varies. Here are 100 Ways to Save Electricity.
Energy Saver Renewable Energy System (new window) – Considerations when planning and installing a renewable energy system.
Institute of Ecolonomics (new window) – A guide to become more environmentally friendly and reduce or maybe eliminate utility bills.
Reader’s Digest “Energy Conservation” (new window) – Must-knows about Energy Conservation.
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ALSCO, “13 Energy Saving Ideas for A Sustainable Workplace”, (June 27, 2017), Greener Workplace. Retrieved April 28, 2020 from https://www.alsco.com.au/2017/06/workplace-energy-saving-ideas/
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“Six Simple Ways To Contribute Towards Energy Conservation”.(2010-2018). The Ponty Chadha Foundation. Retrieved April 28, 2020 fromhttps://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/environment/six-simple-ways-to-contribute-towards-energy-conservation/
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“13 Things You Should Know About Energy Conservation”. Reader’s Digest. Retrieved April 29, 2020 fromhttps://www.readersdigest.co.in/odds-and-ends/story-13-things-you-should-know-about-Energy-conservation-124357