Use energy saving bulbs, NERC urges Nigerians


The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, on Monday urged electricity users to use energy saving bulbs and standard appliances to complement its energy efficiency programmes.

The acting Chairman of the commission, Anthony Akah, made the plea at a seminar on energy efficiency in Abuja.

Mr. Akah said the call became imperative in view of the serious challenge of high estimated billing due to poor metering by the distribution companies (Discos) and low power generation.

He said NERC had put measures in place to accelerate metering through close monitoring of the Discos’ metering roll out plan.

Mr. Akah also said NERC had initiated a programme designed to ensure energy efficiency and conservation. He added that efficient utilisation of available energy was paramount.

According to him, the programme entails the use of standard electrical appliances and equipment as well as machinery in the nation’s electricity value chain.

The programme, he said, was designed to reduce the total electricity demand and stop Nigeria from becoming a dumping ground for inefficient electrical appliances.

He said the programme was also meant to provide consumers with relevant information on how to ensure energy efficiency of household appliances.

Other benefits, he said, included helping buyers of appliances to make informed choices and avoid purchase of sub-standard products from energy conservation perspective.

He said energy efficiency would also help in the stabilisation of the electricity grid system and reduce incidence of brown out overloaded transformers.

Mr. Akah said that the programme, being implemented with other relevant agencies of government, would help to drive the robust energy efficiency campaign in the country.

He said the collaborative efforts of the agencies would harmonise the various institutional programmes designed to optimise energy usage.

“If well articulated and implemented, the programme is capable of contributing more access to power through efficient use of limited power by electricity consumers,” Mr, Akah said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other measures included replacement of obsolete refrigerators with energy efficient ones and turning off outdoor lighting during the day.


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  • Okoro Tonye

    Provide electric power, before advising us to save energy

  • Emeka

    How can Nigerians use low energy saving bulbs when their is no electricity. Of what benefit will it be for Nigerians to replace their bulbs to low energy bulbs. No meter, No electricity why waste the money to buy fuel for you generator or kerosene for your lamps on bulbs that will not be of any economic or environmental benefit to you. Mr chairman of NERC commission, Anthony Akah you need to joint hands with the Genco and Disco companies and give Nigeria uninterrupted supply of electricity before lecturing Nigerians on energy saving bulbs.

  • Tosin Otitoju

    We are together.
    Also, please if you don’t want to die of stress, get an inverter.

  • Dejandon

    Please someone needs to check the standard of the low energy bulbs being brought into the country. They barely last 6 months!