: A live demonstration can always drive home a point more effectively. This, perhaps, was the reason why the participants of an energy conservation workshop, the majority of them girls, drawn from different colleges in the city were taken to a kitchen at the Regional Science Centre (RSE) here to show how a ‘choodarapetty,’ (Hot box), developed by the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP), can save energy while cooking.
Some quantity of rice was boiled in an aluminium pot and it was shifted after the first simmer to the Choodarapetty placed at the podium of the workshop venue. At the end of the one-hour session on ‘Alternative Energy Sources,’ A. Achyuthan, noted environmentalist and adviser to KSSP, opened the hot box and dished out the well-cooked rice gruel in glasses to all the 150 participants of the event.
Tthis was only one of the many lessons learnt by the participants of the workshop, which was organised by a collective of six institutions, including the RSC, KSSP, Skill Development Kozhikode, Providence Women’s College, and the Government Women’s Polytechnic College. It was aimed at giving publicity and promotion to the energy conservation methods successfully implemented by a residential forum, ‘Niravu Vengeri,’ which had received State-level attention for its green activities.
The participants were given hands-on training in varied aspects of energy conservation. It included how to assemble an LED lamp using simple circuits and how the daily kitchen waste can be converted into biogas and organic manure besides how the electricity conservation methods can be practised at homes on a daily basis.
Dr. Achyuthan spoke about the importance of tapping the endless possibilities of unconventional energy sources, including solar and wind energy, for our daily energy needs. Besides explaining the latest technologies that have made domestic use of solar energy affordable to residents and other firms, he also explained the unlimited possibilities of producer gas that can be generated by burning biomass in controlled conditions for different use.
Elaborating on ‘Energy culture and conservation,’ Skill Development Centre director K. Sreedharan spoke about the history of energy in different forms and its evolution and influence on human life. Citing figures and statistics, Prof. Sreedharan explained how judicious and informed use of electronic and electric devices can save large volume of power.