Energy conservation is important for sustainable development.ThiruvananthapuramEnergy conservation is an attempt to optimise the utilisation of every single unit of electricity that one uses on a day-to-day basis through energy saving equipment and commonsense. Realising the importance of spreading awareness on energy conservation among children, as they are the best persons to minimise its wastage, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency under the Ministry of Power has formulated a special programme for schools across the country on the subject. The project implemented by The Energy Resource Institute in association with the Energy Management Centre was launched in the State recently. As a part of the programme `Jyothis' a booklet on energy conservation was distributed to the schools. The 20 page-colour booklet offers valuable tips on how to save energy without cutting down the comforts. The booklet tells how energy can be saved to a great extent in our houses by prudently limiting the use of iron and water heaters. The tips offered include ironing clothes for a week at a time and advising family members to take bath at a stipulated time instead of re-heating the water. Through telling caricatures, it shows how the indiscreet use of energy has lead to the scarcity of fuel, electricity, closure of industrial units, environmental pollution and other health hazards. It concludes with a crossword puzzle that tests the student's knowledge. The programme started in 12 schools in Thiruvananthapuram aims to create an awareness among children on key energy issues.