Ministry advises against use of unauthorized ‘energy-saver’ equipment

September, 04 2018 | 11:47 am Foto-ESDM-1A

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry discouraged the public from using “energy saver” equipment, which promises customers lower energy fees through an installation and card that the equipment comprises.

The equipment, according to the ministry’s press release, has just recently been made available to the public, manufactured by different brands such as Extra Card, Genius, Enter, Power Tech, Hannecs, Dragon Power, Save Trick, International SORJ and Power Plus, all of which falsely claim that their products have gained approval from the ministry in order to encourage more Indonesians to use them.

The ministry, however, never endorsed the equipment for public use, nor has it been promoting its adoption among the public. Quite the opposite — the ministry actually advises the public against using the equipment after testing it in the electricity measurement laboratory from the University of Indonesia’s engineering school.

“While it is true that so-called energy-saving equipment can improve electricity power efficiency, thereby decreasing overall electricity bills of households, it can only do so in a certain threshold,” the ministry’s electricity program supervision director Jisman P. Hutajulu stated in a press release.

“For instance, if your electricity subscription package includes a 0.8 power coefficient, the equipment can only bring down your monthly subscription rate if you use less than 1,760 watts of electric power per month. If the package includes a 1 power coefficient, the threshold is less than 2,200 watts,” he illustrated.

“Beyond these limits, the equipment can no longer bring down your electricity bills; quite the inverse, it will inflate your bills once you use your electricity past those thresholds,” he added.

The hazards that the equipment can cause to your household electricity actually go beyond rate inflation: it can also do damage to your electric appliances, the laboratory study revealed.

“The equipment has not fulfilled electric appliance safety standards yet. It can trigger electric waves that could damage your home’s electrical appliances, such as refrigerators, air conditioners and water pumps, for instance,” Jisman explained.

Therefore, Jisman advised that customers be more careful when dealing with false claims that the manufacturers of the equipment made to attract buyers for their products.

“You can bring down your electricity bills by using a more conventional method, such as turning off your electric appliances when you do not use them,” he said.

“We also advise that the equipment’s producers and distributors coordinate closely with the ministry’s Electricity Directorate General in developing their products in order to ensure the safety of these products,” he concluded.