The minister of state for Energy, Simon D'Ujanga, has assured private energy companies of government support through the removal of barriers hindering the marketing of their technologies.
Launching the Energy Week 2013 and this year's exhibition at National Theatre recently, D'Ujanga said the private sector was critical in finding ways to conserve the environment through new technology.
"People should appreciate the need to harness energy, use it sustainably so that they save money and protect the environment," he said.
The minister added that arrangements were underway to sensitise people about renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies to save money and the environment.
The Energy Week, which ended last Saturday, ran under the theme: "Save Energy, Save the Environment, You Can Make a Difference". D'Ujanga said the theme was carefully chosen to highlight the importance of green energy and energy efficiency.
However, he said current energy forms are associated with overdependence on fossil fuels and depletion of the green cover that are not easily renewable. He called for serious interventions to mitigate future energy crises.
D'Ujanga urged people to use more efficient lamps such as the Light Emitting Dioxides (LED) that are more efficient than the commonly used Compact Fluorescent lamps (CFL). He also called for improved cooking stoves that use 50 per cent less charcoal or firewood than metallic stoves (sigiri).
"If all households used improved cooking stoves, the country's demand for woody biomass would reduce by about 50 per cent," he said.
He added that with about 540,000 electricity consumers, if on average consumers replaced two 60W CFL bulbs with a 3W LED, the country would save about 30MW of power which is equivalent to six per cent of Uganda's peak demand.
"Together, we would invest about $12.5 million (Shs 32.5bn) and save the country over $90 million (Shs 234bn) needed to invest in an equivalent new power generation plant," he said.