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Author: Jaymar Y. Sorza, Project Assistant II, PSTC-Nueva Ecija

The high cost of utilities, such as electricity and gas, is just one of the several challenges faced by many micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). As of June 2022, Cabanatuan City has an average cost of Php 10 per kilowatt-hour of electric consumption impacting the sustainability of the firms.

As a small firm engaged in baked products and noodles production, the FM Bread and Noodles in Cabanatuan City is feeling the heat of such high prices. Fortunately, through the Energy Systems Optimization (ESO) program the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), it can reduce its electricity and gas consumptions, By practicing energy conservation strategies tailor-made to their kind of operations, it can save money spent on utilities and add to their income.

Through the ESO program, experts are deployed in the firms who will conduct evaluation and assessment of the energy profile and systems of the firms and recommends strategies how these could be made more efficient.

DOST 3 Regional Energy Audit Team conducting the site assessment on FM Bread and Noodles located in Brgy. Melojavilla, Cabanatuan City.