ZESCO has started a countrywide distribution of energy-saving bulbs in an effort to mitigate the power deficit Zambia is currently facing, says spokesperson Henry Kapata.
Mr Kapata said the company had commenced the distribution of the first one million energy-saving bulbs in Lusaka which would later be rolled out to other parts of Zambia.
The company intended to import another one million energy-saving bulbs to be rolled out to other parts of the country in order to help the country conserve energy.
The company has about 2.9 million infrastructures connected to its power system.
He said the one million bulbs would help save 50 megawatts of electricity, a move that would go a long way in mitigating the power deficit.
According to Mr Kapata, ordinary bulbs were inefficient as they only used about 10 percent of the energy for lighting while 90 percent was wasted as heat.
“Our idea is that we want the issue of using ordinary bulbs to be completely done away with. Actually, we intend to propose to the Government so that it bans the importation of ordinary bulbs,” he said.
Mr Kapata said most countries in Southern Africa were using energy-saving bulbs as a way of mitigating power shortages.
He said the measure was a medium to long-term initiative to save energy and contribute to the mitigation of power deficit in the country.
Meanwhile, Mr Kapata said police in the Eastern Province have arrested Peter Tindi, 47, of Chief Msoro, Mambwe district, for vandalizing a ZESCO pylon on a 66kv transmission line.
He also said three oxcarts made out of the vandalised pylons had been recovered and that Tindi was detained at Chipata Central police station.
Mr Kapata said vandalism was a serious crime which carried a minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and maximum of 25 years in jail.
“ZESCO is spending colossal sums of money in replacements of several vandalised towers in Zambia and this brings to 18 the number of people apprehended for vandalising ZESCO installations this year alone,” he said.