Pseb to replace bulbs with cfls by janua
Patiala November 17:
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), it seems is going on an overdrive to install energy-saving devices, including the replacement of conventional light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
PSEB authorities are taking to heart Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s directive to replace all conventional bulbs with CFLs by January 31 next year. Recently, the PSEB launched an energy conservation drive at Jagatpura village in collaboration with a private company. All yellow bulbs were replaced by CFLs under the supervision of Amrik Singh, engineer-in-chief, and P.K. Bansal, deputy chief engineer, Energy Conservation.
Jagatpura has now become the second village in the state where 100 per cent CFLs have been provided. The first village where all yellow bulbs were replaced by CFLs was Dhurkot in Moga district. A top PSEB official said a massive publicity campaign had been launched to educate the public, particularly rural masses, on benefits of using CFLs and other energy-saving devices. “We hope to replace the present inefficient lighting fixtures with CFLs and other energy-saving devices in the domestic sector by January 31 next year,” he said.
Talking about the advantages of using CFLs, a senior engineer said if 50 lakh domestic consumers used at least five CFLs each, then 600 MW power demand could be reduced and a total of 1,500 million units energy saved. Interestingly, the PSEB has already made it mandatory to use CFLs in all 10 lakh tube wells in the state. As a result, 150 MW peak demand will be reduced and nearly 300 million units saved. Due to this, the board can give 24-hour uninterrupted power supply to the domestic sector.
The use of CFLs in rural areas has gone down well with village panchayats, which are responding favourably to the use of these energy-saving devices. A senior engineer, working with the PSEB drive, said more and more panchayats were approaching the board to have CFLs installed in their villages. PSEB officials revealed that one village of each operation division in the board would be provided 100 per cent CFLs in one month.