HARARE, July 12 (Bernama) - The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) said the installation of energy saving bulbs in homes has saved the region 2,305 megawatts since 2009, Zimbabwean news agency New Ziana reported.
Energy saver bulbs are being installed in place of incandescent lamps and use between one-fifth to one-third of electric power and last eight to fifteen times longer.
SAPP said in statement the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been facing an electricity deficit since 2007 and the identified gap is expected to be met by 2016.
"SAPP is implementing a number of demand side management and energy efficiency programmes that include the replacement of incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Most utilities have embarked on this programme," it said.
Other projects include the installation of solar water geysers, commercial lighting and hot water load control mechanisms, the statement said.
Zimbabwe is one of the member states of SAPP that distributes free energy saving bulbs through the Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company (ZETDC).
The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) was created with the primary aim to provide reliable and economical electricity supply to the consumers of each of the SAPP members, consistent with the reasonable utilisation of natural resources and the effect on the environment.