THE strong El Nino that the planet is presently experiencing is at its worst now between December 2015 to February 2016 and the parched land of Mindanao is already suffering.
Despite the promise of uninterrupted power supply that convinced many of Dabawenyos to go for coal, we now know better. The promise has not been delivered and we are now suffering once more from worse brownouts.
"Most models indicate that a strong El Niño will continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, followed by weakening and a transition to ENSO-neutral during the late spring or early summer," the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (Enso) Diagnostic Discussion issued by the US Climate Prediction Center and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society as of 12 November 2015 reads.
Dabawenyos in the Bajada area should be more aware of the situation as the drone of the diesel power plant has been going on non-stop 24/7 since maybe a month ago. The power situation has worsened.
The best that we can do as ordinary citizens is to conserve energy and only consume what we need. With our lives now ruled by the digital, always remember that those automatic voltage regulators, chargers, and other attachments these digital equipment require consume energy for as long as they remain plugged. Televisions and sound systems too that are on snooze also consume energy. The best thing to do when not using these gadgets and appliances is to unplug.
Dark curtains and blinds help to block the hot sun and make your house more comfortable. Open your windows and let cooler air flow into your home in the morning and at night and cover them when the sun is up and glaring down.
Close your air conditioner's fresh air vent as you may be consuming energy cooling the outside air.
Turn bathroom and kitchen ventilation fans off always after use so that these do not push cooled air out of the house.
One other habit we may have taken up is the use of laundry dryers. The convenience it gives may be tempting but make the most of the hot weather and hang laundry outside. It makes for fresher-smelling clothes and a lot of savings.
It's not just energy we have to save, as the weather turns for the worse. We too have to be sure that the strong El Nino will not create greater inconvenience by depriving us of water. Save on water as well.
This season is all about mindfulness of how we spend energy and water, which we can expand to be a season to be mindful of all our actions.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 07, 2015.
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