Power holidays – The power to tweak today lies in you.

July 26, 2008 § Leave a comment

In the wake of the power holidays being imposed throughout the city,  I was reading a couple of articles and was surprised to see one issue not being addressed anywhere.  We talk so much about the gap between the supply and the demand, we blame the lack of wind and the southwest monsoons, we claim that the Central Pool gave us only 60% of our share.  But we fail to rise up to the occasion and make some simple yet permanent changes in our lifestyle to conserve power and energy.  Sustainability is a lifestyle and a culture that we all need to understand, cultivate and apply.  It gives meaning to small actions aimed at larger implications.

We need to have take-aways from every experience and my suggested take-away in this scenario is this – SAVE THE REST.  If we can tweak little things in daily living, we can make sure we don’t have another power holiday, atleast in the future if not right away.  Here are a few ideas that we all may know of but refuse to acknowledge.

1. Walk more.  Cycle more.  And if this is not possible, look at No. 2

2. Car pool.

3. Use the fan more than the A/C.

4. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones. They last up to ten times longer and can use a quarter of the energy.

5. ALWAYS switch off all lights and fans before you leave a room.

So I hope you remember to switch off the lights in your office conference room when you walk by and see it empty.  I hope you remember to dump all your friends into one car before you head towards the beach.  I do.

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