Humanity’s demand on the planet’s natural resources doubled in the last 50 years. We are currently using the equivalent of 1.5 planets to sustain our needs. Given the challenge of finite resources, we need to find ways to do more while using less energy.
Energy efficiency simply means using the least possible amount of energy to get a job done. For the average Filipino consumer, energy efficiency is a way to cut down electricity costs and stop climate change at the same time.
To walk the talk and ensure WWF-Philippines’ operations are energy-efficient, WWF’s Manila office underwent an energy efficiency census and workshop from 24 to 28 October 2016.
A crucial part of the drive to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, WWF aims to reduce public and private sector energy consumption by demonstrating practical ways to save power.
Spearheaded by WWF International Energy Specialist Jean-Philippe Denruyter as part of the network’s Solar and Energy Efficient Office Initiative, WWF officers used the Smappee energy monitoring system to monitor the energy consumption of individual appliances and found that air conditioning accounted for 82% of the office’s electricity consumption.
Now WWF’s airconditioners are set at 26 degrees Celsius. Employees are also more aware of energy saving measures such as ensuring that room doors are closed to prevent cold air from escaping, plus the strategic use of electric fans for air circulation. In just one week, WWF’s Manila office reduced its energy use by 16% - proving that a few modifications can easily reduce the power use of our homes and offices.
WWF International Energy Specialist Jean-Philippe Denruyter uses the Smappee energy monitoring system to gauge the power consumption of the WWF-Philippines office, finding that air conditioners required the most power to run. (Gregg Yan / WWF)
WWF-Philippines staff found that cooling accounted for a whopping 82% of the office's energy consumption. Through a few quick changes, monthly energy use was reduced by 16%. For more tips on energy-efficiency in the office, click here. (WWF)
For more information:
Mr. Gregg Yan
WWF-Philippines Communications & Media Manager
Mr. Raphael Dorilag
WWF-Philippines Energy Officer