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Save electricity by switching off two bulbs a day: Ravi K


13 March 2019 12:03 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}



By Chaturanga Samarawickrama  
Power, Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday requested consumers to use electricity sparingly and help save electricity.

He said this at a meeting on the problems faced by the energy sector because of the prevailing dry weather conditions and assured there would be no power cuts just yet.  

“We have nearly 6.5 million consumers. If they switch off two bulbs a day, that will help save about 100 megawatts daily,” the minister said.  

He said the water levels in the hydro power reservoirs are dropping rapidly but as of now there is no need to purchase electricity or increase electricity tariffs.  

“There is a high demand on electricity these days because of the severe heat but this situation will prevail until April or May. The rainfall in catchment areas is very low. But with the help of our engineers in the electricity board, we will take measures to mitigate the situation,” the minister said.  No new power generation plants had been set up to meet the country’s electricity requirements  during the past ten years making it not that easy to handle the current power crisis. 

  Comments - 5

  • Sanoj Perera Wednesday, 13 March 2019 01:01 PM

    We only use 1 bulb anyway. That's how poor the average man in this island is.

    Kadmin Wednesday, 13 March 2019 01:55 PM

    Why don't you lead from example. Then people will follow. These pleadings are just for normal people but MPs can spend them like millionaires.

    DillonDP Wednesday, 13 March 2019 02:00 PM

    Well maybe if you switch off the bulbs at your penthouse we would save this country

    Rasa Raj Wednesday, 13 March 2019 07:07 PM

    Why dont we request to save two AC s in each air conditioned house, who are living in a luxary houses to off, them away, and save a lot of electricity charges.

    Thanush Wednesday, 13 March 2019 08:17 PM

    Also the air conditions in the parliment

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