DOST Central Office (Photo courtesy of DOST)

MANILA – An official of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday urged large buildings and government buildings to use cloud-based monitors and electronic sensors (e-sensors) to monitor their energy consumption.

"These are tools that would enable large buildings and government buildings to track their energy consumption and figure out the aspects where they waste energy," DOST Undersecretary Rowena Guevara said in a public briefing.

Amid the rising oil prices, Guevera said the first line of defense is minimizing energy consumption.

"If we do not understand how we consume energy, we cannot lower it or we cannot conserve it. Thus we recommend the use of e-sensors and cloud-based monitors to large buildings," she said.

Guevara pointed out that electric bills would be lower if people would conserve energy. "If we lower the overall energy consumption in the country, the impact on the increasing oil prices will not be that huge," she remarked.

The official also mentioned that the DOST advocates the use of e-vehicles to lessen fuel consumption. "We have been rolling out charging stations across the provinces, so they could adopt this technology developed by the DOST. We call this, CHARM (Charging in Minutes), which enables an e-vehicle to be recharged in 30 minutes from the previous 8 hours," Guevara said.

She said e-vehicles are not only an alternative to the rising oil prices, but these are also beneficial to the environment since they do not emit harmful substances.

Data from Guevara's office bared that Mactan, Cebu; Naga, Camarines Sur; Ermita, Manila; and Lipa, Batangas already have CHARM. The DOST has several ongoing charging stations construction in Quezon City.

"DOST would like to promote the locally developed e-vehicle fast charging systems and modeling tools for strategically located sites (that could cater to) a specific number of e-vehicle for specific routes. At present, they are deployed at UP Diliman, Payatas, and Quezon City Hall," it said. (PNA)