Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh launched a scheme allowing distribution of LED tubelights and energy-efficient fans as part of an initiative to promote energy saving. The LED tubelights and fans would be distributed under ‘Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All’ (UJALA) scheme, which is an extension of old domestic efficient lighting programme.
The cost per tube light would be Rs 230 along-with three years free replacement warrantee. The BEE 5-star 50-watt fan will replace the conventional 75-watt ceiling fan. It will cost Rs 1,150, along with two-years free replacement warranty, thus saving 33 per cent electricity.
The government had earlier launched a scheme to distribute subsidised CLF bulbs and LED lights, which helped in saving energy worth about Rs 200 crore and the present initiative is an extension of that scheme. UJALA was an integral part of energy conservation initiative of the state government and had been very successfully adopted by the people of the state.