Zim­babwe to ban elec­tric wa­ter heaters to save power

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Zim­babwe is to ban the use of elec­tric wa­ter heaters and re­quire all newly built prop­er­ties to use so­lar power, as it tries to tackle big power short­ages.

Energy of­fi­cials say ex­ist­ing elec­tric heaters - or gey­sers - will be phased out over the next five years.

They hope to save up to 400 megawatts of elec­tric­ity - equiv­a­lent to the out­put of an elec­tri­cal power plant.

Black­outs have dogged Zim­babwe, de­spite the fact that 60% of the pop­u­la­tion have no ac­cess to elec­tric­ity.

Of­fi­cials from the sta­te­owned Zim­babwe Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion and Trans­mis­sion Com­pany say the gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to pub­lish new reg­u­la­tions by end of the year.

It is es­ti­mated that there are up to 300,000 gey­sers across the coun­try, with wa­ter heat­ing ac­count­ing for some 40% of house­holds’ elec­tric­ity bills.

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