Chief minister Oommen Chandy on 23-03-2013 inaugurated Labha Prabha, an energy conservation scheme of the state electricity board, by joining it.The scheme, launched as part of promotion of energy conservation practices among domestic consumers, offer cash incentives and a number of other prizes. While Chandy took a resolve to bring down the power consumption at his official residence here, power minister Aryadan Muhammed enrolled himself in the scheme to slash the energy consumption at his Nilambur house.
According to the scheme, consumers interested in joining the drive will have to register themselves by sending an SMS to the number, 9287088808, in the following format: KSEB (space) section code (space) consumer number. The consumer will get a message in reply, indicating his/her average consumption. The KSEB would also guide the consumer in the procedures to participate in the drive and provide information on how to reduce energy consumption. The information on prize won by each consumer will also be sent via SMS. The scheme will be in force from March 23 to May 31.
Aryadan Mohammed said all those participating in the scheme would benefit from it. Apart from the savings that one makes through reducing energy consumption, the consumer will be rewarded with half the price of every unit of energy that he saves, he said. Those who make substantial reduction in the monthly average power consumption would get various weekly prizes. As many as 100 consumers who save the maximum energy would be given solar power generation units of 1 Kw each. The board has set aside Rs 2 crore for the scheme.
Similarly, consumer groups under a single feeder will have an option to bring down their energy consumption by 10% and avoid the hardships of loadshedding. "If a group of consumers under a single feeder bring their consumption down by 10% a week, they will be exempted from loadshedding the next week. However, this could only be possible with the earnest efforts of residents' associations, people's representatives and other organisations," board chairman M Sivasankar said.