Deadline for swopping old light bulbs
By Tarryn Le Chat
Monday is the final deadline for Eskom customers to switch to free energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in the southern municipalities.
In the third week of July, Eskom distributed 4.7 million free CFLs to about 350 000 households and has saved 204MW of electricity.
The energy could be enough to supply about 120 000 houses during peak period, says Eskom. CFLs have replaced ordinary light bulbs as part of Eskom's energy-saving campaign.
Exchange points have been established for users to exchange the traditional lamps for CFLs. CFLs will be available for sale at retail stores for customers who did not meet the deadline.
Adrew Etzinger, Eskom's manager responsible for the rollout in the Western Cape, says the public's support of the CFL initiative has been extremely effective.
Etzinger says, "If it wasn't for the positive response of the public, we would not have been able to save the amount of megawatts through CFLs that we have".