Energy conservers get chance to save on electric bill
“Saving-Profiting” plan promises up to 20% discount on summer electricity bills to those who significantly reduce electricity consumption.
Electric lines [illustrative photo] Photo: Thinkstock/Imagebank
The Public Utility Authority extended the registration period for a
“Saving-Profiting” plan on Monday evening, which promises an up-to-20-percent
discount on summer electricity bills to those who significantly reduce their
electricity consumption, the body announced on Tuesday.
Prior to Monday
night’s meeting, the reduction only applied to those who registered for such
conservation efforts through May 31, but the authority decided to extend the
deadline to July 1. Each registered consumer who reduces his or her electricity
consumption for the summer months – June to September – by 15%-20% compared to
the previous year will be eligible for discounts of 10% on their electricity
bills for those months, the PUA said. Those who reduce their consumption by
20%-30% will receive electricity bill discounts of 20% for that
Consumers can register for the campaign through the Israel
Electric Corporation’s website, according to the PUA.
Thus far, the IEC
has reported over 17,000 registrants for the program; the corporation is still
examining about 1,500 of these consumers to determine whether they are entitled
To encourage the public’s participation, the IEC will
launch a massive advertisement campaign this week, after which the Public
Utility Authority and the Energy and Water Ministry will issue publicity on the
subject as well.
To ensure that residents are able to reduce their power
consumption, the authorities recommend keeping home air conditioner units at 25º
C or above, as well as sealing domestic spaces and curbing the use of
power-hungry devices like dryers, electric water heaters and dishwashers, the
These recommendations have the support of Energy and
Water Minister Uzi Landau, as a critical part of the ministry’s crusade to
decrease electricity demand for the coming summer.