Friday 23 October, 2020

T&TEC to begin distributing LED bulbs

Photo: LED bulb. Credit: iStock, BlackJack3D.

Photo: LED bulb. Credit: iStock, BlackJack3D.

The distribution of 1.6 million LED bulbs to 400,000 T&TEC residential customers across Trinidad and Tobago will begin from tomorrow.

The bulb distribution programme delivers on a promise made by Government in the 2020 Budget.

Speaking at the launch of the programme on Monday, T&TEC Chairman Keith Sirju indicated that four bulbs would be given to each household.

He explained how this would reduce energy wastage: "There are also environmental benefits to making the switch. Estimates suggest that as much as 17 per cent of our carbon footprint is due to lighting.

Therefore, making the switch to LEDs reduces the demand for electricity and lessens the amount of natural gas used in electricity generation, which in turn reduces carbon emissions." 

With COVID-19 restrictions bulbs can only be collected when customers pay their bills or by appointment.

For bill payments at a service centre, if the account is in your name you will receive the bulbs the next time you visit to pay your bill. You must have your ID to collect.

If the account is not in your name, when you visit to pay the bill you must have your National Identification and a letter of authorisation and a copy of the account holder’s ID, or a recent bill.

For those who pay their bills through other channels, you must make an appointment at www.ttec.co.tt to collect the bulbs. Pay the bill as usual when it’s due, and book an appointment online.

Account holders must walk with their National Identification, while non- account holders must have their National Identification and a letter of authorisation and a copy of the account holder’s ID, or a recent bill.

On the off chance that a bulb doesn’t work on first use, a request can be made to replace it under warranty.

Each bulb carries a two-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects. Customers can find details of the warranty are on T&TEC’s website.

Each box carries a sticker with a QR code that, when scanned with a smart phone camera, will take the user to a webpage with all relevant information on the bulbs.

LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes, use 85 per cent less energy than incandescent bulbs and 30 per cent less than Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL).

While LED bulbs are a bit more costly, they last longer than regular bulbs.

By changing just four 60watt incandescent bulbs to four 9watt LED bulbs, customers can save approximately $25 per billing cycle (two months) or $150 each year.

Commercial and industrial customers are not eligible to receive bulbs.

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