It might be just a matter of time before Tsirang Dzongkhag becomes the first energy-efficient and energy-conscious district in the country. The recent Dzongkhag Tshogdu decided to replace the current ordinary bulbs across 12 gewogs with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. The Manager of the Bhutan Power Corporation in the district moved the DT session.
Next time you visit Tsirang, you could expect homes and residential structures brightly lit with LED bulbs. The dzongkhag is on a mission to save energy and cost.
According to the BPC’s Manager in the dzongkhag, Dili Ram Adhikari, switching to an LED bulb could save about 76 % of the energy. He said that the surplus energy could be sold abroad which could help generate income.
Supporting the statement, Tsirag Dzongda Pema said that while people could feel the pinch in their pocket while buying led bulbs, he said that ultimately, it is more cost-efficient.
“Normal bulbs are cheaper but it consumes more energy. On the other hand, LED bulbs might be a little expensive but it consumes less energy, resulting in lesser utility bills later,” he said.
The LED bulbs are also brighter and have a longer lifespan as compared to the normal bulbs.
Going by the manager, on average, a household buys about five normal bulbs every year. However, he said, “LED bulbs will last for seven to eight years.”
Although the house didn’t set a specific time frame to implement the resolution, it has asked the local leaders and BPC officials to sensitize the public regarding the change.
Pema Tshewang, Tsirang
Edited by Chayku