Yes, you have the basic knowledge on how to save energy, but on a daily basis, is this acquired information enough for you to know you are saving enough?
Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has, on January 28, opened the doors of its two-level, multi-purpose facility that tests appliances and gadgets of its power consumption. Dubbed “Power Lab,” this facility is intended at helping Filipinos better understand electricity usage and energy management.
Al Panlilio, Meralco SVP and head of Customer Retail Services, said that the Power Lab will impart independent, quantifiable, and identifiable information on energy use to public consumers by leveraging on current technologies and continuous research.
“We want our customers to visit the Meralco Power Lab to discover how much electricity typical home appliances and gadgets consume and to realize how this impacts on their household expenses. Hopefully, this will encourage them to become more conscious about electricity use and be more energy-efficient consumers,” said Panlilio.
For Filipinos to learn how to manage resources intelligently, the Power Lab houses 3 main sections: an Equipment Testing Laboratory for testing the energy consumption of appliances and gadgets—brought in by visitors or in-housed; a Demo area where an interactive energy display monitor show comparisons between the energy usage of average electrical devices vs those that use different technologies; and an Intelligent Living Space that showcases an ideal efficient set-up for homeowners.
With technology being key in the success of this endeavor, Meralco chairman, Manny V. Pangilingan shared his vision for the utility company to be an “Internet company with a power business.” Moving in the direction towards energy efficiency, Jericho Petilla, Department of Energy secretary also shared his desire, in partnership with Meralco, to pioneer a device that can be latched on to appliances to measure its consumption.
The Meralco Power Lab is located inside the Meralco Compound in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Entrance to the facility is free and is open for scheduled visits only.
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