Friday, April 25, 2008

Zesco to start selling energy-saving bulbs

Zesco to start selling energy-saving bulbs
By Chibaula Silwamba
Friday April 25, 2008 [04:00]

ZESCO Limited customer services director Teddie Mwale has said the power utility company will start selling energy-saving bulbs and lamps in its outlets throughout the country to complement the retail sellers it has partnered with. In an interview, Mwale said Zesco had a wide network in the country and it would make the energy-saving lamps and bulbs readily available.

However, Mwale said the energy-saving bulbs and lamps would not be subsidised though the prices would be lower because the Value Added Tax (VAT) had been waived.

At the moment, energy-saving bulbs cost about K10,000, which is higher than the normal bulb but have a lifespan of about three to six years.

Recently, Zesco partnered with several electrical suppliers to ensure the availability of the bulbs and lamps.

“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 mega watts. This would considerably reduce the load shedding that we are experiencing currently.”

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