Eskom: SA consumers set a shining example

2011-01-18 00:00

ESKOM has thanked South Africans for helping to save electricity by using energy-efficient light bulbs.

In a press release yesterday, Eskom said 1 800 megawatts had been saved.

Between 2004 and 2010, 43,5 million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were rolled out across the country as part of Eskom’s national efficient lighting programme, the most CFLs to be rolled out in the world in one country through a single campaign.

Said Andrew Etzinger, senior general manager of integrated demand management,“Mexico is planning to roll out 30 million CFLs ,which will place them second to South Africa.

“Through retrofitting power-guzzling incandescent bulbs with energy savers, South Africans have helped save 1 800MW of electricity. This is enough to power a city the size of Durban.”

Etzinger said, however, that the gap between supply and demand will remain tight until the first unit of the Medupi power station starts generating power in 2012, and he appealed to the country to continue to save electricity.

He said the success of the programme can be attributed to the millions of energy-conscious and environmentally concerned South Africans who enthusiastically supported the exchange programme and made the commitment to switch to energy-efficient lighting.

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