Energy-conservation incentives put in place in July helped reduce power consumption by 2.35 billion kilowatt hours between July and October from the same period a year earlier, representing savings of NT$3.56 billion (US$106.94 million) on electricity bills around the country, the government said yesterday.
The electricity rate discount program launched by The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on July 1 also contributed to a 1.5-million-tonne reduction in carbon dioxide emissions during the four-month period, state-run Taiwan Power Co statistics showed.
Minister of Economic Affairs Yiin Chii-ming (尹啟銘) praised the success of the incentive scheme, which was designed to promote energy conservation and greenhouse gas emission reductions at a time when oil, natural gas and coal prices were skyrocketing.
Earlier in the day, Yiin visited the home of Taipei resident Hung Juo-pu (洪若樸) to present her with an award — a folding bicycle — for saving the most energy during the period.
Hung won the title for saving 779kwh, or 39.9 percent, in electricity consumption between July and September, compared with the same period a year earlier.
As a result, she saved a total of NT$713 on her electricity bills for the three-month period, the utility said.
Hung’s main energy-conservation strategies included using energy-saving light bulbs, cleaning lamp covers regularly and only using her washing machine two times a week and at off-peak hours at night, she said.
Under the government program, electricity rates were increased as of July 1 to reflect rising input costs. But households and elementary and junior high schools that consumed less power than for the same period a year earlier were entitled to a rate discount of between 5 percent and 20 percent.