BEST to lighten your power bill with energy-saving tubelights

To cut down peak hour demand for power, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) undertaking has launched a pilot project to provide energy-efficient tubelights at subsidised cost to 20,000 residential and 5,000 commercial consumers in the island city.

BEST, which has set aside Rs 47.50 lakh for this pilot, will start the scheme from March 15.

Under the scheme, every residential household can replace two tubelights with energy-efficient ones through BEST, which will provide them at a rate about 30 per cent lower than the market rate. For commercial users, BEST will replace five old tubelights with energy-efficient ones at a similar subsidy.

The pilot project is part of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission's mandate to implement 'demand-side management' by encouraging consumers to install energy efficient and eco-friendly appliances.

"Old electrical appliances need a lot of power, while a better tubelight will cut at least one or two units of power consumption per day. The aim of the scheme is that people should be energy sensitive," said O P Gupta, general manager, BEST.

"We will start a similar scheme for replacement of fans and air-conditioners with energy-efficient models at a later date," Gupta said.

For the tubelight replacement project, BEST has picked a private vendor to supply T5 tubelights, which are less power-consuming fluorescent tubes at Rs 607.50 per unit. However, these would be given to residential users at a discount of Rs 200 and to commercial users at a Rs 150 rebate.

"The vendor will collect old tubelights and destroy them so that they are not reused," Gupta said.

The scheme will be available on first-come-first-serve basis. BEST is preparing forms, which will be made available online on its website (www.bestundertaking.com) as well as customer care centres.

Interested consumers will have to fill out the form with basic details such as customer relationship number, address and contact numbers.

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