2017 Energy-Saving Tips for the Pinoy Home

Half of 2017 may have passed, but hey, it’s never too late to learn ways on how to skimp on your electricity bill!

In every pinoy home is a set of appliances that hog on electricity. These are your cooling, heating and lighting fixtures, such as the refrigerator and air conditioner. Our energy-saving reco? Optimize the usage of these items!

In doing these small steps, you should be able to save big on electricity for the rest of the year!


  • Stick to a size that’s appropriate for you and your family’s needs.
  • Frost-free refrigerators consume more energy for its integrated electric fans. If saving on electricity is a bigger priority than spending time regularly defrosting your fridge’s content, then a wise choice would be to go for a conventional type of refrigerator.
  • In defrosting your conventional ref, remember to defrost when the ice appears to be more than ¼ inch thick.
  • The perfect spot for your fridge is anywhere with its back to a wall with an allowance of 4 inches away. This will make sure that your unit’s motor won’t be overworked, and has room to breathe.
  • Avoid frequently opening your fridge.
  • Organizing your ref items should help you navigate better and lessen the time that it’s opened.

Air Conditioner

  • If it’s your first time buying an air condition unit, know that the best aircon would be one that’s suited to the space that it’s going to be placed in. An AC with a small capacity will consume big chunks of energy to cool a large or high-ceilinged room. Best, if you would be able to talk to an appliance technician for specs that’ll work for your needs.
  • Regular or daily usage of your AC in the summer—in the kind of summer that the Philippines has—is understandable. But, off season, minimize your usage. Use alternatives such as an electric fan, wear loose clothes, or simply open a window.
  • To maintain proper function without having to use up more electricity than needed, make sure to keep the filters clean. Cleaning twice a month should keep them in check.
  • When turning your AC on, don’t start with a high or the coldest temperature! You won’t be cooling your home any faster.
  • Save up on energy and get to work on time by setting your AC to automatically turn off two to three hours before your wake up time.

House Lights

  • When not in use, turn the lights off! At night, keep only the key exterior lights turned on.
  • Convert your light bulbs to LED. These bulbs use 75% less energy and have a longer life than CFL bulbs.
  • For low-traffic areas in your home, use lower wattage or dimmer lights.
  • Spread light across areas with strategic placements of mirrors and reflective surfaces.

Learn more ways to save energy with TCL’s reads for energy-saving.

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