The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has urged electricity consumers to use energy saving bulbs and standard appliances to complement its energy efficiency programmes.
Anthony Akah,acting chairman of NERC, disclosed this at a seminar on energy efficiency in Abuja.
He said the call became necessary in view of the serious challenge of high estimated billing due to poor metering by the distribution companies (Discos) and low electricity generation.
He said NERC had put measures in place to accelerate metering through close monitoring of the Discos’ metering roll out plan.
NERC boss said the commision had initiated a programme designed to ensure energy efficiency and conservation. He added that efficient utilisation of available energy was paramount.
He further said the programme entails the use of standard electrical appliances and equipment as well as machinery in the nation’s electricity value chain.
Akah said the programme 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 includes helping buyers of appliances to make informed choices and avoid purchase of sub-standard products from energy conservation perspective.
According to him, “If well articulated and implemented, the programme is capable of contributing more access to power through efficient use of limited power by electricity consumers.”