11 July 2013 – Since its inception in 1985, the Eskom eta Awards have been held annually to create awareness about energy efficiency at all levels of society. eta, a Greek symbol which means efficiency, captures the spirit of the awards which recognise and reward the proven application of sound energy efficiency principles across a broad spectrum of sectors.

The 2012 winner in the individual young designer’s category was 13 year old Daniel von Eschwege who designed an ingenious cost-effective solar water geyser system that can reduce a household energy bill by 40%. A team from Bay College in Plettenberg Bay took home the top prize in the young designer’s group category, when the grade 8 learners rigorously compared three cooking methods, to see which was the most energy efficient.

While the young designers category is very popular with judges, other categories showcased some impressive innovations in energy efficiency. In the residential category, the city of Cape Town took home first prize for its lighting retrofit programme.

The mother city is replacing all incandescent light bulbs in traffic lights and street lights across the city. Since 2009 when the programme began, 15,370 megawatt hours have been saved which is the equivalent of approximately 17 million MWh a year.

Last year’s eta Awards also saw some heavy hitters in the commercial and industrial sectors throwing their hats into the ring. Household names such as Absa, the V&A Waterfront, AngloGold Ashanti and Vodafone went home winners.

Eskom is inviting entries to enter this year’s eta Awards. Winners will be awarded R30,000 and runners up R5,000. Entries have to reach Eskom before 2nd of August 2013.