Students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), have found a novel way to cut down on electricity usage in IIT campuses across the country. As part of Techfest 2011, IIT-B has organised an inter-IIT energy-saving championship, which will see five IITs competing to achieve the largest reduction in energy consumption.The participating IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras) have applied various strategies to reduce the usage of electricity, mainly in their hostels.
Sachin Agrawal, manager (events) at Techfest 2011 and a third-year chemical engineering student of IIT-B, said: "We wanted to do our bit for the institute's green campus initiative and energy conservation was something we all agreed on. So we implemented a few measures in our hostels last year. This year, we wanted to extend it to the other IITs and hence organised this championship."
Following the reduction in units consumed in September and October as compared to August, students of IIT-Bombay were able to save Rs 1,82,389 cumulatively over two months. Students have been taking various innovative measures to become the most energy efficient IIT campus across the country. They carried out poster campaigns across the hostels and installed infrared sensors in hostels and computer rooms so that the lights switched off automatically when no one was inside.
Neeraj Kookada, manager of media and marketing Techfest 2011 and a third-year civil engineering student, said: "Some of the hostel inmates organise football and cricket matches so that lights can be switched off for three to four hours at a stretch. We celebrated a hostel hour every week by switching off lights for an hour."
Techfest, the annual international science and technology festival of IIT-Bombay, is scheduled from January 7 to January 9, 2011, after which the winner will be announced. Kookada added, "Making the campus green and eco-friendly is the need of the hour. This is the first time that Techfest will focus on energy conservation on the campus."
Source- Indian Express