Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State government has issued orders directing government departments to achieve 10 per cent saving in energy.

The order directs departments to use compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) in place of incandescent lamps and tube lights of 36 watts instead of 40 watts. All conventional chokes should be replaced with quality electronic chokes.

The order also specifies that only energy-efficient lights and equipment should be used in all new buildings. All replacements of light fittings, fans and other electrical equipment should be done with energy-efficient fittings and equipment only.

The order also calls for periodic energy audit in large government buildings and purchase of only energy-efficient electrical gadgets.

The order, which will have immediate effect, is issued in pursuance of implementation of the Energy Conservation Act 2001, which seeks reduction of energy bills of government and private buildings. Central government offices have already taken steps to conduct energy audits and reduce bills. The energy saving potential at Rastrapathi Bhavan, Prime Minister’s Office, Sanchar Bhavan, Sharam Sakil and Transport Bhavan and Rail Bhavan was found to have energy- saving potential of 20 per cent to 40 per cent.

The State Energy Management Centre, which conducted a sample study at the Secretariat here, found that reduction of 20 per cent to 25 per cent of electricity was possible. It could be achieved by creating awareness among officials and retrofitting the existing lights with high efficiency fluorescent tube lights.

The government has also issued a circular directing that official vehicles should be used only for official trips. They should not be used for taking officials to office, residence or other places except in the case of vehicles allocated to government secretaries, heads of important departments and private secretaries of Ministers, the government circular said.

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