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This summer season, as we all look forward to enjoying the great summer outings or out of the country vacations, we also expect energy bills to rise due to the intense summer heat. Whether you are using your aircon more often, using more water to take showers, or using more electricity to run fans to get a cool breeze, energy saving tips can help your pocket and the Earth. Here are some energy saving tips to help you through this hot summer:

Efficient operation

Have your aircon cleaned or replace filters monthly for more efficient operation. Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use.

Unplug appliances and electronics

Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Plug home electronics, such as TVs, DVD players and computers into the MEIJI 13 Series Extension Sets MES-1303 to 1306. It has an individual power switch that you can turn off when the equipment is not in use.


Ceiling Fan

  1. When it is not that hot, give your aircon a much needed break by using a ceiling fan.


Protects Your Appliance

Meiji Voltage Protector with Timer4. Use Meiji Voltage Protector with Timer TC-V002, A Voltage Protector is a device that protects your appliance by cutting off power as it reaches the minimum allowable voltage drop or exceeds the maximum over voltage rating. With its built-in 8 programmable timer, you have the option to manage all your appliances by turning them on and off on your preferred time setting. Not only that, it also has varied day preferences: whether you want the timer to work  daily, weekly, monthly, only on weekdays, on alternating days, just set it and it’s done!



Indoor and Outdoor Lighting

5.Use Meiji Motion Sensors MS 01-04 on indoor and outdoor lighting. These are either wall, ceiling mounted or stand-alone type.  Sensors are great for those rooms where you stow your stuff, such as attics and basements so you don’t need to fumble for switches when your hands are full. It is also perfect for hallways where lights are just needed when you pass by.

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Meiji Dimmer Switch


Dim Your Accent

6. Use the Meiji Dimmer Switch MCS1825 to dim your accent or decorative lights and halogen bulbs. Dimmers reduce power to the lighting source or bulb, so they save energy and can also extend bulb life.







  1. Keep the hot sun out of your home: When leaving your home, or at noon when the sun is at its hottest, pull your window treatments down to block out warm rays. Your interior spaces will feel cooler and your aircon won’t work as hard.

Turn Lights ON or OFF

  1. Meiji TCV004 24 Hour Rotary TimerUse the Meiji 24 Hour Rotary Timer TC-V004 to automatically turn lights ON and OFF at a specific time. This is perfect for giving your home a `lived in’ look while you’re away at work or on summer vacation.


Spend More Time Outside

9.Spend more time outside of your home: Summer time is a perfect excuse to get out and enjoy it! From swimming in pools to having a picnic or getting exercise outdoors, spending less time in your house will help your energy consumption bill.


Saving energy this summer shouldn’t be a major challenge. Use these helpful energy saving tips to protect your wallet, save the Earth and keep you and your family cool this summer. Do your part in making this summer enjoyable for all, and keep your energy consumption to minimum levels.


All these items are available at your nearest ACE Hardware, CW Home Depot and Handyman branches. Or call us at 448-7423, 414-4012 and 727-5790. You can also visit our 2 showrooms located at No. 1 Mabolo Street New Manila, Quezon City and Unit 15 Lansdale Arcade, Mother Ignacia, Quezon City

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The consistent and continuing rise in price of everyday commodities have given birth to countless top secret techniques and remedies that supposedly help the average Joe to save up on costs. Many of these so-called techniques, however, bear very little truth and are in fact merely rumors that make people feel good about themselves. One particular commodity that has sparked a thousand myths is electricity. People just don’t want to pay as much as they do for toasters it seems. Here are 4 of the greatest electricity-saving myths debunked!

1. Screensavers and standby modes for computers save energy.

An old myth – especially regarding screensavers. It was though long ago in the age of CRT monitors and standard definition resolutions that in order to preserve the energy consumption of your 24MB RAM computer a screensaver must be activated. Evidence of this claim, however, is harder to find than fake UFO footages. A screensaver is actually a file that the computer has to run in order for you to see the very ingeniously created marquee of your name. This in turn means that the computer’s processors are running just as hard as it would if you were playing call of duty – oh and so is your electric bill. Your best bet for saving energy when leaving your computer unattended for some time would be to deactivate screensavers and set your monitor to sleep after 10-15 minutes of being idle.

Laptops are popular for their portability, maneuverability and click-to-start capabilities. Many of us don’t always have to luxury of waiting for our computer systems to boot up so what we do is activate the option to sleep. What the sleep mode in our laptops actually does is to put all our work and the monitor as well into a suspended mode. It is ready to resume all processes at any given time and at one click of a button. What this means in terms of energy is that your laptop is constantly draining or consuming power to be able to keep the data ready for access. The monitor also contributes a lot to energy consumption as it is also in a suspended state.

Hibernation is a better alternative to standby as it actually saves the data currently active on the RAM and stores it on the hard drive for fast access later on before completely shutting off all systems. However, nothing will ever beat shutting down of your computer and laptop to significantly reduce your electric bill.

2. Switching lights on and off uses more energy than leaving them on.switch off

The ‘fact’ that switching lights on and off creates a surge in electricity that affects your electric bill positively and your wallet negatively has been circling homes all over the world. Many of us believed it too. Sadly however, we were all wrong and what we believed to be a fact was in fact a myth. The act of switching lights on and off does not trigger a surge that spikes your monthly electricity bill. Even if it did, it would be so miniscule that you wouldn’t even bother. So start up the good habit of switching off lights in your bedroom, living room and every other room whenever you head out.

3. Turning appliances and electronics off saves energy.

Yes, there is truth to this. Turning off appliances and electronics stops its energy consumption as both logic and common sense dictates. But not anymore. Gone are the days when toasters did not function until you decided to make it work. Today’s appliances are mostly built in with standby systems that keeps on running even though they are not being used. American companies believe that their citizens crave for as much comfort and convenience as possible. This led them to creating machines that microwaves that activate in one press of a button – which is pretty cool no doubt. However, come the time to pay your bills, these appliances that make life so much easier (or so they say) can double what you have to pay for. There are studies that show modern appliances and electronics that are not being used but still on standby mode are likely to consume up to 50% and a 100% of the energy they would have used if say – in action. So I guess now would be safe to say that unplugging is still your best bet to save on electricity!

4. Brand new homes are more energy efficient.

Not necessarily, no. New homes are thought to be more energy efficient because they supposedly have better equipment inspired by more modern technology. However, this is not always true. A newly built house does not automatically indicate that it was structured, designed and executed well. When it comes to the effeciency of a house’s electrical systems, age is not a very significant factor. Design and construction is the key.


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the solution to lower electric billsDo you wonder why your monthly electricity bill is not consistent or not meeting your estimates? Perhaps you need to take a look at the wattage consumption of your appliances. It’s a good thing to know at least a rough calculation of the monthly energy consumption of your appliances at home so you can think of ways on how to reduce the usage. A lot of appliances differ in terms of their watt usage. The importance of cost-effective living involves knowing how to save energy consumption on the appliances that you use.

Always check the label of any appliance

Keep in mind to always check the label of any appliance to determine how much electricity it uses. Nowadays, manufacturers are required and have made it easier for people to locate the information regarding energy consumption. Commonly you’ll be able to find the label at the back of the appliance or in its adapter or power cord. The lower the wattage, the better; however, there are various factors to consider in calculating for your total energy consumption for an entire month and so as to an annual approximation. In fact, the actual cost of your electricity usage will still depend on how long you use a certain appliance as well as how much your electricity provider charges you per kilowatt.

Avoid using typical high-wattage appliances

Avoid using typical high-wattage appliances such as clothes dryer, iron and electric water boiler for a long duration as this will surely affect electricity costs to rise. Do you know that a clothes dryer can consume as much as 5 kilowatts (or 5000 watts), a microwave oven can consume as much as 1.5 kilowatts (or 1500 watts), and an iron can consume as much as 1 kilowatt (or 1000 watts)? By the way, as you may have noticed, 1 kilowatt (kW) is equal to 1000 watts (W). Below is the formula for you to compute the energy usage of your appliances:

(Wattage x Hours Used per Day) ÷ 1000 = Daily Kilowatt-hour (kWh) consumption

Effectively manage your electricity consumption

Using the given formula above is one way to effectively manage your electricity consumption. Although it will not provide you with the exact daily kWh consumption of your appliances, but then it’s still going to be efficient by giving you a better understanding on how to properly manage your appliance usage.

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Security is one of the most important things wise people invest on. Why? For one because we have loved ones and resources to protect, perhaps secrets to keep, and most probably other personal reasons to keep you glued to this article.

In the past years, a trend has been going on here in our country to install cameras or otherwise known as CCTV both in our own homes and establishments. Yet a question deep inside can’t help but continually bugs me  is, ‘Is this the best security available? Or better yet, would it continue to be effective when I don’t have much time to review the day’s events in front of the monitor?

Well look no more for motion sensors are already here! As the name entails, it’s a device which when integrated with other components could alert someone (owner)  for any extraordinary movements; protecting us even in our sleep!

Before I go any further, I would like to note that motion sensors are not only exclusively utilized for burglar alarms but in activation of lights and appliances as well when entering a particular unit or room. There are certain condominiums in various financial districts that have already started implementing these devices.

In a brief, I’ll give you the top 3 reasons why motion sensors are necessary in our lives:


(1)   Security

Motion sensors are well-suited for everybody because as human beings, we all want to be secure! It’s suited for those who cannot stay at home all day to protect their homes. It’s for people who have errands/emergencies to run and if I may add,  for weary individuals who cannot afford to lack a night’s rest and needs to find  peace and security not only in their minds but in their hearts as well.

(2)   Effective

It’s really simple. You don’t have to turn or press anything,  just move and it will be activated. Meiji Infrared Motion Sensors saves you time,  energy as well electricity since consumption will only be at a minimum! It will automatically turn off after no movement and heat is being sensed within its detection range and the time delay you personally set. Not to mention, it’s  effectiveness without  scaling down walls and ceilings!

(3)   Efficiency

Meiji Motion sensors also help us save on resources. Tangible resources like hiring of guards, getting watch dogs up  to intangible ones like a good night sleep and a peace of mind resulting to more quality time spent bonding with loved ones.

Wise up and make your family and home security a priority! Choose Meiji Infrared Motion Sensors!

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