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PCRA initiative to make Students torch-bearers for energy conservation

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StudentsWith a view to promote energy-efficient habits among citizens to help reduce the consumption of power, students will start conducting energy audits of housing societies in the city from June onwards.The project is being co-ordinated by the Petroleum Conversation Research Association (PCRA), under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India.

Speaking to media, R L Tailor, joint director (WR) of PCRA, said, "We can save a lot of energy and money if we use appliances correctly. but not many people take these things seriously. So we are making the student community work towards spreading awareness about the cause." According to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, there are around 16 lakh houses with official electricity connections in the city, which draws around 173 mw of electricity per day.

Tailor said that they plan to draw some 200 NSS volunteers from the University of Pune and other institutes/schools here. "If the response is good, the number of participants may increase," he said, adding that the PCRA will organise a training session for students before the project begins in June.

Elaborating on PCRA's plan of action, Tailor said that each students will adopt one to two housing societies and check the individual electricity consumption of each household by studying past electricity bills and interacting with the family. They will then suggest ways of saving electricity on a day-to-day basis to each family. He added that housing societies will be selected randomly and work will be carried out with prior permission from families.

Besides auditing electricity consumption of households, energy audits of societies will also be done. Here students will check the common use of electricity, like in water motors, night lamps, lifts, generators etc.

Terming the project as a good initiative, energy experts feel that such initiatives are required to make people aware of energy conservation.

Girish Sant, Co-ordinator of the Prayas Energy Group, observed that each house in Pune, on an average, uses nearly 200 units of power per year. The figure can change with the size of the house. Some of it gets wasted due to incorrect use of the electrical equipments.

"There are very simple things that we can do to save money and electricity, like using CFLs instead of incandescent bulbs and switching off electrical equipments when not in use. If we correct our habits, we can save around 30 per cent of the energy wasted per house. This amounts to saving nearly to Rs 1,000 per house per year," he said.

Source - Times of India

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