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.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.