My friend recently told me about how they were saving on the electricity bills of their apartment complex, by meticulously planning on a host of activities. This included reducing the usage of unwanted lights and by switching to renewable energy sources (primarily through the use of ‘outdoor solar lights‘).
In terms of reducing the consumption of electricity, they went about their planning in a very systematic manner. To begin with they made a list of all the light and fan points in the building and then identified what was being used for how long and thereby the amount of electricity consumed. Then they sorted out what was not required and switched it off immediately. The next step involved reducing usage of the existing lights and then switching to outdoor solar lights in the gardens and parks.
While everyone was aware of the possibility of using best outdoor solar lights, no one knew the details. To overcome this, they brought in an expert who could educate them on regarding the use of solar power and the costs and savings involved. All the residents in the complex were brought together to listen to what the expert had to say. The objective was to ensure that every one was aware of the possibilities and the fact that each individual effort could help in saving electricity consumption and that would help the collective objective. It was a step to make people aware and educate them further about their social responsibility towards the planet.
The expert provided information on the various methods of reducing consumption and then he focused on solar power and how this can be widely used to save the consumption of electricity. For the first time, my friend said, there was a sense of responsibility that was visible on the faces of those who attended the talk. There was a sense of readiness to contribute to the social cause and also to save some money!
Two months later, a plan was implemented and all lights in the garden and parks were replaced with outdoor solar lights. There was the initial investment in the equipment, lights, etc but the residents are already seeing a significant drop in their bills just by these small measures taken and that is encouraging them to do more. Having seen the results, they are now planning to implement more measures and improve the situation further.
The biggest lesson here was that baby steps in the right direction could really help save power and can be a big contribution in reducing the threat of depleting resources to planet earth. This also gave me the enthusiasm of looking for more examples like these and collating it in this blog so the readers can get inspired and start acting themselves!