The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority is set to introduce a move to ban people from using electrical gadgets that ingest a lot of energy. This was said yesterday at a stakeholders meeting held in Bulawayo.
In a statement, Engineer Samuel Zaranyika said the main benefit of the move is that there will be reduction in energy use and save the country with approximately 377 megawatts.
“People are just using appliances which are not efficient and after this has been enforced, we expect people to use appliances that are energy efficient. Why have we actually developed these regulations? There are no efficiency appliances flooding the market. You and I all know it.
“There is need for great investment in the electricity generation, so by using energy-efficient appliances, we can actually create a virtual power station through using the energy-efficient appliances. If we make a saving of 200MW, through the use of energy-efficient appliances, it’s actually cheaper than putting up a 200MW power station; and we don’t have the money,” he said.
Targeted appliances include air conditioners, audio and video equipment, dishwashers, electric ovens, refrigerators and freezers; tumble dryers, washer-dryer combinations, washing machines as well as induction cook stoves.