A message on World Energy Conservation Day

 World Energy Conservation Day

World Energy Conservation Day

Today, December 14th is celebrated as World Energy Conservation Day. 150 countries, 5200 cities and millions of people around the world will be celebrating in the universal initiative for energy conservation, global warming and climate. World Energy Day serves to focus the attention of decision makers in directing resources towards energy generation through non-conventional sources on a larger scale. Non-conventional sources of energy such as wind, hydel (large, mini and micro), biomass, biogas, biodiesel, geothermal, tidal, solar, nuclear fusion have the potential for being the future sources of carbon neutral energy. Barring hydel and wind, the cost for all the other forms of energy generation is still quite high.

Why is energy conservation so important?

Energy affects all facets of activities related to modern life. Per capita energy consumption is often considered an important indicator of development.

Conventional sources of commercial energy comprising of petroleum products, coal, and nuclear energy are available only in limited quantities. At current reserve to production ratio, oil is expected to last around 45 years, gas around 65 years, coal around 200 years.

A total of 1.6 billion people in the world lack access to electricity. Energy conservation can significantly reduce the need for fresh investment in energy supply systems in coming years. Energy conservation is an objective to which all the citizen in the country can contribute. Whether a household or a factory, a small shop or a large commercial building, a farmer or an office worker, every user and producer of energy can and must make this effort for his own benefit, as well as that of the nation.

What can you do?
You can do your part by remembering the following dos and don’ts and making them a habit:

Dos:

  • Try to use the daylight properly so that you may use your electric light less.
  • Keep the lights & fans switched off if you do not need them.
  • Use energy saving light; try to use fluorescent light than bulb.
  • Keep the doors and windows closed properly of the room where AC is used.
  • Keep the filter of the AC clean regularly.
  • Clean the ice of the refrigerator regularly, it saves energy.
  • Keep your refrigerator away from the wall.

Don’t s:

  • Do not use lights with higher watt where fewer watts are needed.
  • Do not keep the temperature of AC under 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Stay away from buying low quality rechargeable machines.
  • Do not use the rechargeable machines excessively during extreme load-shedding.
  • Do not use the tools in pick hour (before 11pm) that require excessive electricity (like iron).

By following these simple measures, not only you can save our green, but also $50-$100 per year. How about that for an instant payback?

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Ayan Chakravarty

Name: Ayan Chakravarty; Home City: Kolkata, India; Role in the website: Content editor and Adviser; Academic Specializations: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Zoology, Bioinformatics;

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