New lamps to be installed

2016-03-23 06:00

THOUSANDS of Free State homes will be fitted with free energy-saving lamps.

This followed a successful campaign in which 64 million energy-saving lamps have been distributed around the country since 2006.

Initial areas to be visited in the Free State during the 2016 Energy Efficient Lighting Exchange (EELE) programme, include Qwaqwa in the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality.

More areas will be added, based on the stakeholder management process with other municipalities, to cover the 500 000 energy-saving lamp allocation for the province.

Through its EELE programme, Eskom will conduct door-to-door campaigns to swap old-style light bulbs and replace it with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which are energy efficient.

An estimated 155 MW – enough to power two towns the size of Thaba Nchu – was saved during the first phase of the rollout of the programme.

CFLs can last up to eight times longer than incandescent lamps and save up to 80% on energy use.

Millions of people around the world are making the switch to energy-
efficient lamps.

With energy efficiency and climate change recognised as a priority globally, Eskom’s current EELE programme is expected to play a key role in reducing pressure on the national power grid and helping to keep the lights on.

A total of 10 million energy-saving lamps will be distributed in all nine provinces up to the end of March 2017.

The first phase of the programme commenced in November 2015.

It entails the installation of 5 million CFLs in five provinces.

The energy-saving lights will be distributed as follows:

  • Free State – 500 000
  • Eastern Cape – 500 000
  • Western Cape Z 800 000
  • KwaZulu-Natal Z 3 000 000
  • Northern Cape – 200 000

Eskom-accredited installers Z wearing bibs inscribed with the words: “Energy Efficient Lighting Exchange Programme”, and carrying Eskom identification cards – will be going door-to-door to swap old-style light bulbs and replace it with CFLs free of charge.

Households will receive leaflets informing them of when installers will be in their area.

Additional information on the programme will also be broadcast on Free State community radio stations.

Households should take every precaution to ensure their personal safety.

Only representatives dressed in clearly-marked bibs and carrying their Eskom identification cards should be allowed in.

Additional safety measures, built into the programme, are briefing sessions with neighbourhood watch organisations, as well as the support of police stations in the identified areas to be aware of the installers in the area.

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