Light from a soft drink bottle brighten Manila homes

Saturday, 16 April 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Going up. That seems to be the trend for everything nowadays from gas, diesel, transportation fares, basic commodities, and yes even electricity. At times it seems Juan Dela Cruz just can’t get a break anymore.

But with a little bit of ingenuity and a simple yet breakthrough technology, Juan who lives in a cramped informal settlers’ area can now have a chance to save P300-400 a month on electricity.

The My Shelter Foundation of Illac Diaz has introduced the “Isang Litrong Liwanag” to Manila residents on Thursday in an effort to give them natural sunlight to replace a basic light bulb that often is even used all day in homes that don’t have a window to access available light.

By simply putting an empty soft drink bottle in a small patch of aluminum roofing and filling it up with water and a few drops of household bleach, the new “bulb” can now light up a dark room during daytime for free. And it can even be brighter than a real light bulb.

The project that has rolled out previously in Laguna and in Baseco, Manila on Thursday is supported by Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim and by Meralco in an effort to teach citizens to conserve energy the simplest way possible. Meralco is set to donate 2,000 units to Baseco.

Diaz hopes that their project that came from an invention made at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US can inspire others to think of inexpensive ways to utilize green technology.