What is the earth hour?

Earth Hour is a global initiative which will be held on the 25th March 2017. This programme requires that all households and business turn off their non-essential lights and electronic appliances for an hour from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. This will raise awareness for the need to take drastic action on climate change.

SEC encourages its customers and the nation to participate in this event to save our mother earth. The Company, therefore, request all its customers to switch off non-essential lights and electrical appliances such as radios, TVs, ovens, computers, geysers, heaters, chargers and stoves for only an hour. In taking this affirmative action we will be saving our energy and thus minimize the impacts of climate change.

Why bother?

Our future is dependant on mother earth. As a human race we have significantly detoriated and degraded our planet and this has led to impacts such as climate change and many more. Climate change is a real problem and needs action by all earth citizens. The situation is getting worse every second as we keep our electrical appliances on. We are experiencing floods, droughts, fluctuating temperatures to the extremes, diseases and many problems due to climate change. We can work together and use our electricity efficiently to save our planet.

SEC, Earth Hour and Climate Change

SEC will be taking part in the Earth Hour initiative for the 7th year running and encourages the nation to also be involved in this worldwide campaign aimed at minimizing the impacts of climate change. Swaziland imports 80% of its electricity from neighbouring countries, where most of it is generated from thermal power stations, which utilize fossil fuels. The fossil fuels such as coal, when burnt, release a lot of carbon dioxide and other gases to the atmosphere. These form part of the green house gases and contribute to global warming and climate change. Thus every minute your electrical appliance is on you are contributing significantly to climate change.

SEC Promoting Earth Hour Among Locals Schools

Planned Activities for the year

In commemorating the 2017 Earth Hour, SEC together with partners, will host a public function at the University of Swaziland (UNISWA), Kwaluseni on the 25th March, starting at 6p.m. This event will be used as a platform to sensitise the public about the significance of the Earth Hour, as well as creating awareness beyond the Earth Hour. Last year’s event at The Gables Shopping complex featured dignitaries from the United Nations, Ministry of Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Natural Resources and Energy, as well as corporates who all made efforts that the country is able to save 10% of its electricity usage.

This year the acting Governor of Ludzidzini Timothy Velabo (TV) Mtetwa has taken the lead as the country’s face in raising awareness on Earth Hour and its initiatives. Mtetwa, who is known for the popular phrase “Cisha Logesi” will mark the official switch-off during the Earth Hour commemorative event at 8:30 p.m.

Entertainment

Entertainment for the day will feature Lomalungelo, Durable Strings, Shepard Brothers, Mdura (Comedian), Sisonkhe Drama & Arts and DJ Mbo. Food stalls will be provided for Earth Hour participants.

SEC initiatives beyond the earth hour

SEC is committed to the protection of the environment. It is also engaged in the minimisation of climate change impacts. There are various initiatives which the Company has undertaken. Approximately 80% of the households in Swaziland have prepaid metering. The company is also encouraging its customers to use electricity efficiently and is promoting the use of energy-saving bulbs CFLs or LEDs (Energy savers). SEC has conducting educational initiatives in schools, communities and companies and also giving out energy savers to various schools in the country (with partners), and the programme is still on-going.

SEC has also introduced the Time of Use Tariff for big customers, which allows them to save money by using electricity when it is cheapest.  The Company believes that as a country we can contribute positively towards climate change by minimizing the electricity we use.

Earth Hour is an initiative undertaken by all electricity companies in the SADC region and the world-over in an effort to save the world from global warming and climate change effects. However, this initiative must go beyond the Earth Hour. It should be our way of  life. We must be conscious of the fact that our electrical wastages have a significant negative impact on our planet hence we need to save energy. Below are tips for everyday use to sustain our planet.

ENERGY SAVING TIPS

  • Switch lights off when they are not in use
  • Use internal lights when necessary
  • Use natural light as much as possible
  • Switch off your printer if not in use
  • Switch off all electrical appliances when not in use
  • Use energy saving bulbs

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