Energy saving lamps for KZN

2012-10-30 00:00

FROM next month, Eskom will be busy with its next roll-out of free energy saving lamps in homes across Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

Eskom said in a statement that compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) provide the same amount of light as standard incandescent bulbs, but consume 80% less energy and last up to six times longer.

“Millions of people around the world are making the switch to CFLs,” they said in the statement. “Incandescent bulbs are being rapidly phased out and Eskom has already replaced over 47 million bulbs with free, energy saving CFLs in South African homes.”

“Homeowners are reminded that only certified installers carrying Eskom ID cards should be allowed into their homes,” the statement read.

They also said they would arrange with bodies corporate at complexes and gated communities. Last week, it was announced that Eskom had proposed a 16% a year hike in electricity prices for the next five years.

Speaking to sister paper City Press, Eskom CEO Brian Dames defended the unpopular decision by saying he was planning for the future. “There is nothing we can do. I need to keep the lights on,” he said.

“Somebody has to do it eventually. It just so happens that it is me.

“I will be damned if the lights go out in future. I will be criticised for not having planned. But I’m also being damned now for trying to plan properly for the future.”

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