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Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Regional Manager for the Centre, Mc Vittie Chiphwanya made the remarks Wednesday during the Energy Efficient Lighting led tubes project Sensitization meeting with Industrial and Commercial Customers at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.

Chiphwanya: we need to work together on these projects pic by Tione Andsen (Mana)

He said ESCOM was implementing a project which aims at promoting the use of energy-efficient lighting-led tubes that are cost-effective.

Chiphwanya pointed out that the use of the tubes reduces the demand for more power usage in a facility.

“The advantage of using the tubes helps you save on your bills and at the same time the amount of energy that you require for lighting. It is estimated that over 30 percent of our power energy goes to lighting and the coming in of these bulbs would drastically reduce the demand,” he said.   

Chiphwanya appealed to companies and industries to work with ESCOM in the implementation of the project which would help to reduce cases of long hours of load shedding in the country.

He said the life spans of the bulbs is estimated at 15 years, is being sold at K 1,000 and customers are encouraged to apply to Escom for the installation of the bulbs.

ESCOM Senior Manager for Commercial and Customer Service, Wiseman Kabwazi said large customers are key partners in assisting in managing the demand for electricity in the country.

Kabwazi (R): we have saved 55 megawatts by using CFC bulbs pic by Tione Andsen (Mana)

He said ESCOM started using CFC bulbs in 2011 to improve demand side management which resulted in creating 55 megawatts of savings.

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Kabwazi said K15 billion was invested in the process and continuation of the use of the bulbs would help to reduce tariffs.

A participant in the meeting, Patrick Kaliwo of Sunbird Capital Hotel said the meeting was an eye-opener to them as they have been introduced to new technology in terms of lighting.

He said ESCOM has come up with energy-efficient lighting tubes which the industries would be used to reduce electricity demand.

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