CEB energy-saving initiative a success
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
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
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.