Attention is again being drawn to the need to conserve and use energy efficiently to cut down on the cost of electricity. To ensure a holistic buy-in and to guarantee the sustenance of the energy sector, the Energy Commission is organizing energy efficiency and conservation education across the country.
Officers at the Headquarters of the Ghana National Fire Service in Accra benefited from the training session.
They were taken through Energy Efficiency and Conservation tips, energy efficiency potential, and electrical wiring standards.
Energy cost is one of the major expenses incurred in homes and offices. Energy efficiency helps to reduce cost and when energy is conserved it enables electricity to be extended to areas without power while individuals save money to spend on other necessaries.
Senior Manager, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change at the Energy Commission, Mr. Ken Amankwa entreated Ghanaians to cultivate the habit of conserving energy at all times by using the right appliances.
He said the two main ways to reduce energy costs are through the use of efficient appliances and conservation. The
Energy conservation, he explained, involves behavioral changes by users of electricity.
Mr. Amankwa mentioned reduction in electricity consumption cost and protection of the environment as benefits to derive from conserving and using energy efficiently.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Tony Gomez advised participants at the session to be conscious of the electrical cables they purchase to wire their structures. He said the training was timely and essential to help the staff of the Fire Service to use energy efficiently.
Mr. Gomez was happy the training will be conducted nationwide to encourage electricity consumers to use electricity prudently.
Assistant Public Relations Officer at the Energy Commission, Mr. Samuel Frimpong spoke about the importance of discarding old electrical appliances that consume more electricity.
He said using old and second-hand appliances only increases electricity consumption which leads to higher bills.
“Fridges are meant to last for just ten years and so if you have a fridge that you consider an inheritance from your grandparents or parents which are over ten years please discard them and save energy and money” Mr. Frimpong advised.
The training session will be organized in all regions across the country.
The Energy Commission is a parastatal, mandated by law to regulate and manage the development and utilization of energy resources in Ghana, specifically in electricity licensing, renewable energy, natural gas, and energy efficiency.
The Energy Commission was set up by an Act of Parliament, the Energy Commission Act, 1997 (Act 541) with functions relating to the regulation, management, development, and utilisation of energy resources in Ghana.
The Energy Commission is the technical regulator of Ghana’s electricity, natural gas, and renewable energy industries, and the advisor to the Government on energy matters.
The Commission’s key role is to license public utilities for the transmission, wholesale supply, distribution, and sale of electricity and natural gas; and. To secure a comprehensive database for national decision-making for the efficient development and utilization of energy resources.