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India has a vast scope in the field of energy conservation. Outdated technologies have made Indian systems highly energy “inefficient”, and this has eventually resulted in a gap between the electrical energy supply and the abnormal, “never-before” demand, which has been increasing despite huge outlay for energy sector since our independence.

Energy efficiency and conservation, in the past have been neglected on the blind assumptions that the Earth has a forever availability of the fossil fuels, whose worth is being realized lately. The energy efficiency should be done with full missionary zeal and dedication, any half hearted approach would definitely bound to fail, and to attain this without any failure, the consumers also owe responsibility to utilize the energy conservatively and most judiciously, by accepting a few hard shunned facts that the government alone shouldn’t be blamed and criticized and be expected to bear the entire burden of ensuring progress. Participation by the citizens is mandatory.

By enduring the above complications and various other “not-so-possible” assumptions, I on behalf of the CPDCL have been honoured to initiate a program to conserve energy and to stimulate its regulation and coherence. On contemplating a few schools in my jurisdiction (Banjara Hills – Sub division), owing a few theories – Children ,as they would grow up to be the future citizens, were pulled in to join their valuable little hands to be a part of the sketch. In addition to the perseverance to complete the given tasks, they can spread the word like wild fire. Thus, this would eventually able and gear them up, to conserve energy without any efforts.

In regard to this, I choose the following 4 schools
♦  Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Public School, Jubilee Hills
♦  Jubilee Hills Public School
♦  P. Obul Reddy Public School
♦  Meridian School, Banjara Hills

The Co-operation extended by the above schools was extremely galvanizing. On being advised by respective Managements, I emphatically enlightened the students in their morning assemblies, on “the need of the hour” to conserve energy, giving them simple tips for the conservation, in addition to the various reasons for the gap between the abnormal demand and supply of energy. Inclusion to the help by their respective principals and class teachers, with the tips provided the students of the schools mentioned above conserved energy at their respective houses. In time , the principals provided the details of the students who had shown keen interest and contributed to the energy conservation along with the details such as meter service connection No, bill copy, methods that have been adopted by them etc. whose details are as below.

The provided information has been analyzed by the IT department of CPDCL and the electricity consumption in the months of February and March 2013 were compared to that of the previous year’s.  From the data generated, it has been observed that the following amount of energy has been saved.

School Students
 Feb’13 # Mar’13 # Per month 
Per student ‡
P. Obul Reddy Public School 229 11336 12958 12147 53.04
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Public School 98 7024 7897 7461 76.12
Jubilee Hills Public School 150 10610 11729 11170 74.46
Total 477 28970 32584 30778 64.52

Students  = No. of service connections
#   Units saved in a month
†   Average units saved per month
‡   Average units saved per student per month

It is observed that 28,970 units and 32,584 units in the months of February and March of 2013 have respectively been saved compared to the respective months of the previous year. On the whole, 61,554 units of energy has been saved which is equivalent to the additional generation of 73,865 units (since 1unit =1.2 additional units generated) .This sum up to an average saving of 30,778 units per month which is equivalent to the amount of energy which can be used for a complete month to lighten nearly three rural villages, each contain 250 houses, assuming that each house consumes 40 units of energy. The above information pertains to a total of 477 students only (Which is equalent to 477 Domestic services).

The above study concludes that , when each student could save an average of 64.52 units per month ,similar dedication by 4000 students (1000 students from each school out of 2500) would conserve a whooping  2,58,080 units (4×1000 x 64.52) which would be equivalent to additional generation of 3,09,696 units (1.2 x 2,58,080) . The amount of units saved can be used to lighten up 7742 rural houses, assuming each house consumes 40 units per month which is equivalent to lightening 31 villages on assumption each village possesses 250 houses.

CONSERVE ENERGY TODAY FOR FUTURE SURVIVAL

By Er. P Gopalakrishna
ADE/Operation/Banjarahills, Hyderabad

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