Thursday, April 10, 2008
By Chibaula Silwamba
Thursday April 10, 2008 [04:00]
ZESCO Limited anticipates to save about 150 megawatts this year if the public uses energy-saving bulbs and lamps. And Zesco Limited customer services director Teddie Mwale has assured that the power utility company will be able to provide electricity to any mining company or industry that will be established any time.
Addressing a press briefing at Zesco headquarters in Lusaka yesterday, Mwale said following the government’s suspension of duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) on energy-saving lamps and other electric appliances, the company had partnered with the suppliers of energy-saving lamps and bulbs to make the products available to members of the public.
“The suppliers that Zesco will work with in this partnership are Bestbuy Lighting, Shoprite, Spar, Game Stores, Voltec Electrical and Phoenix Electrical, among others,” Mwale said. “Zesco would like to see about one million lamps sold in 2008 which would result in energy savings of about 150 megawatts. This would considerably reduce the load shedding that we are experiencing currently.”
He said energy-saving lamps use less energy as compared to the ordinary bulbs and had a longer lifespan of about three to six years.
“Although the initial cost of the energy-saving lamp is more than that of an ordinary bulb, the benefits are a lot in that the customers will save on their electricity bills,” said Mwale.