On Friday, South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, announced that they have commenced the distribution of a further 10-million energy efficient lamps across all nine provinces, which will continue until the end of March 2017.

Since 2006, the utility embarked on a national energy saving campaign, where 64 million energy saving lamps were successfully distributed nationwide.

Energy efficient programme

[quote]Through its Energy Efficient Lighting Exchange Programme, Eskom will conduct door-to-door campaigns to swap old-style light bulbs and spent compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) with new energy efficient ones.

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.

Power savings

According to the utility, an estimated 155MW of power was saved­ during the first phase of the rollout of the programme, enough to power two towns the size of Thaba Nchu, the utility said in a company statement.

The initial areas to be targeted are located in the Free State province, which will commence this month during the Energy Efficient Lighting Exchange Programme, include Qwaqwa in the Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality.

Additional areas will be added to cover the 500,000 energy efficient lamp allocation for the Free State province, the utility added.

Eskom’s current Energy Efficient Lighting Exchange Programme is expected to play a key role in reducing pressure on the national power grid and alleviating the need for load shedding.

Deployment security

With safety a key concern, the utility has advised the public to be cautious when identifying an Eskom-accredited installer.

Eskom-accredited installers will be kitted with a bib, which says “Energy Efficient Lighting Exchange Programme”, and will have an Eskom ID card. The installers­ will be going door-to-door to swap old style light bulbs and spent CFLs free of charge.

Households will receive leaflets informing them of when installers will be in their area while additional information on the programme will be broadcast on community radio stations in the areas where the roll outs are taking place.

Additional safety measures built into the programme are briefing sessions with neighbourhood watch organisations as well as the police stations in the identified areas.