ZESCO Limited has announced that it will reduce load shedding from the current 12 hours to four hours per day between December 23 and January 2, 2021.

In a statement, Tuesday, Zesco Limited public relations manager Hazel Zulu explained that the development followed a reduction in power demand as industrial activities decreased during the Festive Season.

“ZESCO Limited wishes to inform its esteemed customers and the general public that load shedding hours will be reduced during the Festive Season. Customers will now be experiencing up to four hours of load shedding with effect from tomorrow 23rd December, 2020, to 2nd January, 2021. This decision is necessitated by the expected decrease in demand for electricity during this period due to a reduction in industrial activities as most companies will be on break, hence the need to transfer the benefit to residential customers,” stated Zulu.

“As a corporation, we attach great importance to these festive celebrations since it is a time that promotes the social-economic wellbeing of our customers as it brings families and communities together and enhances trade and other commercial activities. We, however, appeal to our customers to continue employing energy efficient initiatives, such as switching off all non-essential appliances, using gas for cooking and solar for lighting to help conserve the available power. We advise our customers to report any outages outside their load shedding hours, which may be attributed to faults. We take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”