OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Ministry of Power and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to immediately establish a sustainable policy aimed at phasing out non-energy efficient appliances or equipment for domestic, commercial, and industrial usage.

This followed the adoption of a motion entitled ‘Call to Encourage the Importation and Use of Low Energy Consuming Appliances’ raised by Rotimi Agunsoye (APC, Lagos) during plenary on Thursday.

Raising the motion, Agunsoye noted that energy-efficient appliances help prevent greenhouse emissions and protect the environment as most households use appliances such as televisions, refrigerators, sound systems, computers, ovens, bulbs, air conditioners, washing machines, etc;

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He also noted that countries across the world are using energy-efficient appliances, which is critical to economic development as well as environmental sustainability.

The lawmaker further expressed concern that households in Nigeria still use incandescent bulbs with high voltage, which are very expensive and generate too much heat.

According to him, in some households the incandescent bulbs have been replaced with light-emitting diodes (LED) bulbs, which are up to ninety percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs;

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“The crisis in the country’s power sector will persist if a decisive approach is not employed at controlling domestic, commercial, and industrial usage through adopting more efficient means to reduce energy consumption.

Using energy-efficient appliances and equipment minimizes the exploitation of natural resources such as natural gas, coal, water, diesel, petrol, etc., and serves to enhance the conservation of these resources as a way of achieving sustainable development, the Lagos legislator explained.

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The Green Chamber in concurring with the motion said it was disturbed that while other countries have stopped the use of high consuming appliances and equipment, Nigeria has become a dumping ground for such items which come at a considerably cheap price.

The House further worried that the continued importation of non-energy efficient products will impact negatively on the economic stability of the country.

To this end, the House after a majority voice vote mandated its Committees on Power and Industry to ensure compliance and report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.

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