Lagos intensifies campaign for energy conservation

05 October 2014, Lagos – Lagos State Government has announced moves to intensify its energy conservation effort to bring power to the people of the state and ensure that public offices enjoy 24-hour electricity.

To this end, the state’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and its implementing agency, Lagos State Electricity Board (LSEB), on Tuesday announced the commencement of the second Energy Conservation Month in the state, which is always observed in October.

Energy efficient lighting

Addressing journalists in Ikeja, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Taofiq Tijani, said the campaign was intended to enable more residents to be well informed about the benefits of energy conservation.

The Energy Conservation Month initiative was launched last year as a Behavioural Change Campaign to instil the habit of efficient use of electric power in the residents.

The campaign dubbed, ‘Conserve Energy, Save Money’ (CESM), runs throughout the 31 days in the month, during which the key messages of the benefits of efficient use of available power are espoused to the residents.

“We are persuaded that when people understand the benefits of energy conservation to their own personal finances, it will make adoption of the practice easier,” Tijani said.

He stated that during the commemoration of the Energy Conservation Month, which will hold throughout the month, a number of initiatives aimed at up-scaling the adoption of energy conservation habit among the residents would be launched.

These, according to him, include the launch of the improved Lagos Energy Calculator App, the first consumer-focused application in Africa, designed to help consumers closely estimate the amount of energy they consume and then take steps to conserve energy and reduce wastage.

Tijani also said a colourful road show across five select regions in the state namely – Ikorodu, Badagry, Epe, Eti-Osa and Oshodi – would be held as part of efforts by government to enable more residents to be well informed about the benefits of energy conservation.

– Daily Independent

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