- Starting in 2019, $20 billion pesos will be invested in the replacement of refrigerators in households from the first and second social strata.
- Exchanging these refrigerators for others with lower energy consumption may amount to estimated savings of $15,000 per month that will be reflected in the invoices of users.
- This strategy shall contribute to environmental protection by reducing CO2 by 16,000 tons per year, which is equivalent to planting 32,000 trees.
Ministry of Mines and Energy. Malambo, Atlantico. October 20th, 2018. On Saturday, during the ‘Construyendo Pais' workshop led by President Ivan Duque, the Ministry of Mines and Energy launched the first phase of the energy efficiency program that seeks to replace 50,000 high energy consumption refrigerators in households from the first and second social strata throughout the departments of Atlantico, Magdalena, La Guajira, Bolivar, Cordoba, Sucre and Cesar.
The first phase shall begin during the first half of 2019 and has scheduled investments worth $20 billion pesos for the voluntary replacement of up to 50,000 refrigerators. Replacing these household appliances may represent an estimated amount of savings calculated at $15,000 per month in user invoices for the first and second social strata, as well as a reduction of almost 46 GWh per year for the Caribbean region, which is similar to the monthly consumption of the second social stratum within this region.
In turn, this means a reduction of approximately 16,000 tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to planting 32,000 trees per year. "It has been estimated that each Colombian produces emissions worth 4 tons of CO2 per year, on average. In addition to transportation, household activities and the use of electrical appliances are some of the main sources of emissions. By reaching lower levels of energy consumption, all of us can contribute to environmental protection," said the Minister of Mines and Energy, Maria Fernanda Suarez.
The first phase of the energy efficiency program seeks to reduce energy consumption among the first and second social strata, which represent over 70% of the users of electricity throughout the Caribbean Coast. In this manner, this will also reduce the pressure on the region's interconnected system, which shall contribute to better service quality.
Initially, the program will focus on refrigerators, because these are the devices with the highest levels of consumption (between 40% and 60% for household of these social strata). During subsequent phases, the program seeks to move on to replacing air conditioning and luminaires within the residential and public sectors, as well as installing solar panels inside the Offices of Mayors and Governors, healthcare centers and aqueducts.
The Caribbean Region is the second largest consumer of electricity in Colombia, after the central part of the country, with almost 24% of total consumption. While the annual increase of electricity consumption nationwide has been 5% on average, inside the Caribbean Region it is almost 9%.
How can we contribute to more efficient energy consumption?
We can reduce electricity consumption through simple actions such as by improving the settings of an air conditioning device, or a refrigerator, as well as by avoiding the exposure of electrical appliances to sunlight.
- At 18 degrees, air conditioning consumes 12KWH per day. At 22 degrees, air conditioning consumes 6.5KWH per day. This represents 46% in savings.
- At 5 degrees, a small refrigerator consumes 12.6KWh per month. At 7 degrees, it can consume 9.45KWh per month. This saves 25%.
- An electrical appliance exposed to sunlight consumes 31.5 KWH per month. Appliances located in a fresh air location consume 12.6 KHWH per month. This means 60% worth of savings.
It has been estimated that inefficient household appliances, including those that have reached an advance stage of use, can produce usage figures that are three times those of an efficient electrical appliance.