Filipinos urged to turn off appliances during Pacquiao fight

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Posted: May 01, 2015 8:15 AM
Filipinos urged to turn off appliances during Pacquiao fight

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An officer at a Philippine electric company has urged customers to turn off major appliances to help prevent outages that have recently plagued his province so people can watch the much-awaited fight between Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

Palawan Electric Cooperative secretary Rante Ramos says shutting down refrigerators in 15,000 households alone will reduce the demand for electricity in the province enough the compensate for the expected power deficit of 2 megawatts when the fight is aired in the Philippines on Sunday.

He says air conditioners, washing machines and electric pots also consume a lot of electricity.

He says "if it is just for the Pacquiao fight, let us just leave electric fans and TVs on."