Submitted by: Energy Changes Projektentwicklung GmbH.
Implemented country: Ecuador
Title: Ecuador is Seeing the Light with Energy-saving Lamps
When the questions came up of how to support low-income families in their efforts of reducing their electricity bills, CO2 emissions, and strengthening the energy saving awareness of the Ecuadorian population, an interesting project began taking on shape: A comprehensive exchange of light bulbs. 1,500,000 households living below poverty level are to receive new energy-saving lamps instead of their old energy guzzlers. This will help save 700 gigawatt hours of electricity and 440,000 tons of CO2 per year.
The goal is simple and efficient: The new 20 watt hour light bulbs are provided free of charge and installed in every household. They promise a lifecycle of 8,000 hours and, in accordance with international standards, contain less than 5 mg mercury. The benefits for the recipients of the 6,000,000 energy-saving lamps: Lower electricity bills and a bonus system for the next life cycle of the light bulbs. The bulbs are distributed via the Energy Ministry of Ecuador and financed by the Deutsche Bank.
The biggest initial hurdles were heightening people’s awareness for saving energy and the logistics involved in light bulb distribution. Phase 1 of the project is now complete. The entire project will continue on another 5 or 6 years. As will the life cycle of the light bulbs.
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