Recently held in Paris, the climate change summit endorsed sustainable practices to ensure a green planet for future generations.
With global leaders pledging their support to climate change actions, it is time for global citizens to do their bit. As citizens of one planet we must take steps to reduce our carbon footprints and proactively adopt sustainable practices.
On this National Energy Conservation day, let’s take a pledge to practice simple ways of conserving energy, thereby saving some money in return.
- Switch for change
To ease the pocket and conserve energy, start using energy efficient bulbs like LED bulbs. Under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Program (DELP) scheme implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), residential consumers are provided with high-quality LED bulbs at a concessional rate of Rs.100-105 against the market price of Rs 350 to 450. The DELP scheme has also significantly impacted the market price of LED bulbs, through a combination of aggregation and transparent procurement. To pledge your support, log on to www.delp.in and join the movement!
- Home improvement
Most energy conservation efforts start at home. Here is what you can do:
- Switch off lights when not needed
- Clean AC filters regularly because sporadic maintenance ensures a decline in the output of your AC, resulting in higher energy consumption.
- Cavity wall insulation fills in the gaps between your outer and inner walls
- If you have an old hot water tank, putting on a new 75mm hot water cylinder jacket could make a difference
- Defrost refrigerators to improve their efficiency
- Use low-energy programs on dishwashers
- Be Cool, get Carpool
Recently our cities have introduced car free days and come January next year Delhi will be experimenting with the odd and even formula to reduce traffic bottlenecks. While the results will appear gradually, this shows that public wants to reduce air and noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. An advice to car users is to ditch their vehicles and choose carpools to work or cycle down to decongest streets. Take a leaf out of Rajya Sabha MP K.T.S Tulsi who recently cycled down to the parliament!
- Gadget control
- Mobile charges should be switched off once the phones have been charged as they continue to consume electricity if the switch is left on and the device is unplugged. Though they pull 2 – 4 KW energy but combine that with the population and the result is alarming!
- Move electrical gear to a ‘smart’ power strip as you can easily switch off multiple devices at once when you’re not using them by shutting off the primary device
- Enable the “sleep mode” feature on your computer, allowing it to use much lower power during periods of inactivity
- Be judicious with water
When it comes to water conservation, small adjustments can have a big impact. Remember, every drop counts!
- Do not leave the tap running while you are brushing your teeth or washing your face
- Do not throw away water that has been used for washing vegetables, rice or pulses. Reuse it to water plants or to clean the floors.
- Choose a bucket over a hose pipe for washing cars.