NEW DELHI, September 7: Reliance Energy-backed BSES discoms have sold 16 lakh LED or light-emitting diode bulbs in the city in the past three months as part of their campaign to promote energy conservation.
According to BSES discoms, these LED bulbs will help saving of a whopping 17 million units of power per annum in the energy-starved national capital.
Both BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) had launched a scheme to sell LED bulbs to their customers at a subsidised rate in June.
A BSES official said a 7 watt LED bulb consumes 50 percent less electricity than an equivalent CFL and 85 percent less and than an equivalent incandescent bulb.
"Since the launch of the scheme about three months ago on June 1, around 16 lakh LED bulbs have been distributed in BSES area. These will cumulatively lead to energy savings of a whopping 17 million units per annum," the BSES said.
It said the highest number of LED bulbs have been distributed in the Vikaspuri (1,50,371) division in BRPL followed by Khanpur (1,18,877) and Sarita Vihar (91,306) divisions.
"As a responsible utility, BSES has been promoting energy conservation to domestic consumers through school programmes and to industrial/commercial consumers through power enclaves.
We have been promoting safer and less energy intensive technologies like LED for some time now," said a BSES spokesperson.
Under the special scheme, the two discoms have offered the customers the option of buying the LED bulbs through easy monthly installment also.
"BSES will continue to play an active role in educating consumers in Delhi about smart lighting options," added the spokesperson.
Under the scheme, a consumer can buy 4 LED bulbs of 7 watt at a heavily subsidised price of Rs 93 each. Consumers can also pay Rs 10 upfront per bulb and the balance in 9 installments, chargeable in their electricity bill. Each of the LEDs is backed by the manufacturer's 3 year warranty.