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Energy saving Stoves

Supply of Energy Saving Stoves

General overview of energy saving stoves;

In most schools, institutions and households, food is prepared on the traditional three-stone open fire stove. Firewood in the urban setting is expensive and it is not unusual for urban schools and institutions to spend Kshs. 10,000-35,000 per month to cover firewood expenses. Parents are responsible for the provision of firewood at the school level. As many families survive on less than US$1 a day, the parental contribution required places a burden on the children.

In addition, studies show that excessive use of firewood and charcoal contributes to environmental degradation throughout the country. Between 1990 and 2005, Kenya lost 5%, or around 186,000 hectares, of its forest cover.

High capacity energy-saving stoves which are used in schools and other institutions are available in Kenya. The stoves save 40-70 percent of firewood compared to the three-stone open fire stove and are equipped with a chimney that provides a smoke-free cooking environment. The cost of these stoves ranges from Kshs. 110,000-240,000 for 200-600 liter stoves. It is estimated that one half of a liter is required per child. Although schools will save a considerable amount of money over time by investing in energy-saving stoves. The picture below illustrates a high capacity energy saving Stove in a school;.

 

Benefits of energy saving Jikos (Stoves)

  •     Reduce amount of firewood requirements by 40 to 70 percent and the associated costs in the targeted schools;
  •     Reduce number of suspended meal preparations due to lack of firewood;
  •     Reduce financial burden on parents in the management of School Meals Programme;
  •     Reduce deforestation in Kenya;
  •     Reduced indoor air pollution and improved respiratory and general health of cooks;
  •     Reduced cooking time;
  •     Reduced time spent gathering firewood; and,
  •     Generate local employment through stove production.

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