Eskom is distributing ten million energy-saving lamps in all nine provinces until the end of March 2017. This follows a successful campaign in which 64 million energy-saving lamps were distributed around the country since 2006.
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. An estimated 155MW – enough to power two towns the size of Thaba Nchu – was saved during the first phase of the rollout of the programme.
CFLs can last up to eight times longer than incandescent lamps and save up to 80% on energy use. With energy efficiency and climate change recognised as a priority globally, 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.