Winner of energy efficiency household survey raffle drawn Thursday

The Eastern Caribbean Energy Labeling Project (ECELP) Thursday drew the winner of its raffle organised in connection with the household survey on energy-efficient appliances carried out in June/July 2012. Participants of the survey were given the chance to enter the raffle, which was run today at Our Planet, Castries.

The winner receives five tickets for the interactive environmental information and education centre, “Our Planet” at La Place Careenage, Castries, and EC$ 200.00.

The survey, which was carried out in St. Lucia, Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda captured information such as the occurrence and characteristics of specific electrical appliances and lighting equipment, usage patterns, method of purchase, the way in which old appliances are disposed of and the level of awareness of energy efficiency and energy labels.

The most common appliances according to the survey are refrigerators, washing machines, television sets and mobile fans. Although in the household survey participants’ awareness of energy efficiency was generally not very high, the majority stated they tried to conserve energy to reduce their electricity bills.

The household appliance survey was one of the initial activities of ECELP, a project implemented jointly by the OECS Secretariat and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP-GIZ) with co-financing from the EU ACP Energy Facility. ECELP works with the national Bureau of Standards and the government energy focal points to introduce energy efficiency standards and labels for electrical household appliances in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines with priority attention to low income households.