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Nov 09

BULB DRIVE IN ST. KITTS TO SHINE LIGHT ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 09, 2018 (SKNIS): A bulb drive will be held on November 16 and then again on November 30; an initiative organized as part of Energy Month in St. Kitts and Nevis, aimed at educating the general public on energy efficiency.

This was expressed on the November 07 edition of Working for You when officials within the energy sector appeared on the programme to speak about clean energy initiatives that are currently underway in the Federation.

“The bulb drive would basically consist of us giving free bulbs to the public. All are invited to come to the parking lot of the Water Department [November 16], and we would have free [Light-Emitting Diode] LED bulbs,” said Rhon Boddie, Director of the Urban Development Unit.

The bulb drive on November 30 will be held at the St. Kitts Electricity Department (SKELEC).

According to the United States Department of Energy, rapid adoption of LED bulbs would save hundreds of millions of tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. The electricity used over the lifetime of a single incandescent bulb costs 5 to 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself.  LED and Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs have revolutionized energy-efficient lighting. CFLs are simply miniature versions of full-sized fluorescents.

Other events planned to celebrate Energy Month, which runs from November 01-30, include but are not limited to: radio talks, health fair, health and fun walk, and school visits. Mr. Boddie noted that “the events, whilst limited, are very important to getting the awareness out on clean energy.”

Bertill Browne, Director of the Energy Unit, briefly explained clean energy, noting that it “comes from sources that don’t pollute and they also don’t give off greenhouse gases. The greenhouse gases warm up the atmosphere and the pollutants are bad for your health,” he added.

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