DOE and ADB host TV olympics to promote energy-efficient appliances

An August 15, 2012, press release from the Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), launches its Watts Out! TV Olympics to demonstrate the most energy efficient technologies available in the local television market. The Watts Out! campaign is part of DOE’s “Bright Now! Do Right. Be Bright.” energy efficiency initiative and will be held from August 16 to 22 at the Atrium, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

TV manufacturers have been invited to participate in the event to display their most energy efficient 32-inch CCFL- and LED-backlit LCD models. The power consumption of each television will be monitored during the course of this seven-day event.

Watts Out! will demonstrate to consumers the effect an appliance’s power consumption can have on their monthly electricity bill. Many consumers are unaware that the power rating, measured in Watts, is displayed on the back of nearly every appliance. The lower the Watts rating, the less it costs to operate. By making the choice to purchase energy efficient TV or appliance, consumers are choosing to save money on their electricity bills and are also making environmentally conscious choices for the Philippines.

“The Watts Out! TV Olympics is part of the government’s efforts to effect a change to a more sustainable and practical lifestyle for Filipinos. In this way, we are not only lowering our electricity bills, we are also helping in managing our power consumption for our benefit and the environment since this will lessen our carbon footprint,” Secretary of Energy Jose Rene D. Almendras said, noting that energy efficiency and conservation is a priority for DOE and a low-cost way to help the environment.

DOE is promoting energy efficiency and conservation through the development of energy labeling and efficiency standards for home appliances.

“Hopefully with the success of this campaign, more and more people will be conscious in checking the energy labels of all the appliances being used at home, in the offices, and other areas to be more energy efficient and practical with our choices,” Secretary Almendras added.

Watts Out! is a technical assistance project funded by the ADB as part of climate change mitigation efforts.  According to research, a color television is a high priority item for most Filipino households, taking precedence over even space cooling and refrigeration. Televisions therefore represent a highly desirable appliance and an excellent opportunity to raise awareness regarding the principles of energy efficiency and its impact on alleviating climate change.

SM Supermalls will provide the venue while SkyCable committed to provide cable connections for better viewing. Other partners for the event include: The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Youth, Young Women’s Christian Association, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, The Center for Clean and Renewable Energy Development, World Youth Alliance, Philippine Appliance Industry Association, UP-Saver, FEU-TAMVOL, DLSU Physics Society.  Partner schools include Adamson, De La Salle University, Miriam College, Don Bosco, FEU East Asia College, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Rizal Technological University, and University of the East. These organizations will serve as independent monitors during the event.

The public is invited to attend and visit the participating booths of the following TV brands:  Devant, Haier, Hyundai, Konka, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, TCL, and Toshiba.