LAHORE: In order to minimise unnecessary use of electricity, energy audit of all tube-wells in the province is being conducted. A spokesperson for the department said on Thursday that efforts would be made to achieve the given targets regarding energy audit of the tube-wells. He said the wastage of electricity not only affects the financial condition of a farmer but was also harmful for the national exchequer. He said there were at least one million tube-wells in Punjab, out of which 120,000 were operated on electricity and the farmers in the province wanted to switch to cheaper source of energy. He said lot of electricity was wasted while using the tube-wells. The task of energy audit has been assigned to the Agriculture Engineering Department. According to a survey, almost 30% of energy was wasted in running tube-wells and it is just because of lack of awareness among farmers.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2018.