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Tirupati-based organisation chalks out plans to save 6 lakh units in three months

NEDCAP District Manager C.B.Jagadeeswara Reddy and APSPDCL Divisional Engineer S.Munisankaraiah at the launch of energy conservation programme at GITAM International School in Tirupati on Thursday.-Photo: K.V. Poornachandra_Kumar
NEDCAP District Manager C.B.Jagadeeswara Reddy and APSPDCL Divisional Engineer S.Munisankaraiah at the launch of energy conservation programme at GITAM International School in Tirupati on Thursday.-Photo: K.V. Poornachandra_Kumar

Enough awareness has been created for over a decade on the importance of energy conservation and it’s now time to take the plunge. In a novel attempt, school students have been involved in real-time energy conservation measures, looking beyond competitions and awareness rallies.

With the idea of letting the children practice what has been preached to them all these years, Green Energy Solutions, a Tirupati-based voluntary organisation launched a massive programme covering 20,000 students in Tirupati.

The concept is simple. Students are given a chart each, on which they have to record the latest power bill amount. They will have to ensure a saving of a minimum of five units for the next month, three and two for the second and third months respectively. “This way, each household will save more than 10 units each, which translates to a whopping 2-6 lakh units of power saved,” K. Madhu Babu of Green Energy Solutions explained at the launch of the programme at GITAM International School here on Thursday.

“After Tirupati, the scheme would be extended to all urban centres in the State by the second week of December”, said NEDCAP District Manager C.B. Jagadeeswara Reddy. Pointing to the fast depletion of fossil fuels, he predicted a bleak future for the younger generation 20 years from now, if renewable energy was not embraced immediately. APSPDCL Divisional Engineer S. Munisankaraiah asked the children to remind their parents to switch off the fans, ACs, geysers and motors when not in use.

Noted psychiatrist Kishore acknowledged that children would act as a powerful tool to take the message to elders. K. Pavan, a self-made entrepreneur who produces renewable power equipment, appealed to the students to think big.

A students’ body Aadhya Foundation (Phone: 87122 22871) played an instrumental role in taking the message across to the children. School correspondent T. Venkateswarlu thanked the organisers for choosing GITAM as the launch pad for the prestigious event.


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