CEB energy-saving initiative a success
by Ananda KANNANGARA
The novel energy saving program "Switch off at least one bulb during peak hours", launched by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) last week has helped save at least 30 percent electricity consumption in the country.
According to CEB reports, electricity users from all walks of life have positively responded to the Government's request of using electricity sparingly in their homes, gardens, schools, offices and business premises.
Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka told the Sunday Observer that Sri Lanka is facing a crisis in providing adequate electricity to 4.6 million consumers and it is their responsibility to save electricity at least by switching off additional lights and not using water motors, air conditioners, refrigerators, heaters, irons and other electrical appliances, especially during the peak hours between 6.30 and 9.30 pm.
He said the oath taken by 4.3 million schoolchildren last week to save electricity has also resulted in reducing electricity consumption during this period.
Meanwhile, the decision taken by countrywide Local Government institutions to switch off street lights during the stipulated periods and refrain from using high voltage bulbs even at junctions has reduced electricity consumption to a greater extent.
The Minister predicted the latest CEB energy saving program 'Free Electricity for one month' by reducing 20 percent of the electricity bill and also the distribution of CFL bulbs free of charge to religious places will also reduce the energy consumption in future.
It is also reported that the consumption of electricity in Sri Lanka is 2000 mw a day of this 85 percent electricity is generated from fuel and coal, while 15 percent is generated from hydro power stations.