: The tiny tots at the Aided Upper Primary School in Podavur village continue their endeavour to conserve environment and energy.
This time around, they not only managed to save 3,939 units of electricity during August-September in select households in a nearby locality but have sent out a strong message against wasteful power consumption at a time when the State is seriously debating the rising energy use in the backdrop of a grim power scenario.
The reduction in electricity consumption among the 447 houses in Cheriyakara ward of the Kayyur-Cheemeni panchayat was achieved through a special energy conservation drive — ‘Naalekkithiri Oorjam’ (energy conservation for future) programme — thanks to the meticulously drawn up programme by the school, which won the prestigious ‘Paryavaran Mitra’ national award in October for its environmental conservation initiatives.
The school volunteers, with the active support of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), Parent- Teachers Association, Rotary Club, Paryavaran Mitra, Kudumbasree members of the ward, fanned out to all the 447 households in the ward and a gave a detailed class to the residents on the need to conserve energy cautioning them against its wasteful use.
The students, teachers, parents and kudumbasree members numbering 111 persons teamed up to form 25 squads and carried out a detailed survey on the energy consumption pattern, and discussed ways and means by which power consumption could be reduced and made a comparative study of the energy consumed during August-September last year.
After tabulating the information, the team focused on how to reduce energy use during August-September this year.
The team after dedicated analysis targeted to peg down the energy consumption level to 3,803 units. The young volunteers got an overwhelming response as they found the energy use going down to 3,939 units during the period, K.M. Anil Kumar, school teacher and programme coordinator of the ‘Harithasena’, entrusted with the task, told The Hindu on Thursday.
Of the 447 households, 185 houses were found to be consuming less than 52 units of power. The energy consumption of 164 houses stood in the range of 52 to 100 units while a minuscule five houses were found to using energy over 200 units, he said.
P. Kunhikannan, grama panchayat member; Kudumbasree ward samiti office-bearers K.K. Shailaja, Padmini; School Headmaster T.V. Manmadhan; PTA. president K. Raghavan,;Cheruvathur Rotary Club president P. Sudhir; and KSEB assistant engineer P. Ajith actively participated in the school endeavour that promised to be a role model for the whole of India when the country is observing Save Energy Day on December 14 on Friday.
The school has initiated the save energy drive after realising that the ongoing public awareness campaign launched by the government, KSEB, and other agencies seldom had resulted in reduced power consumption in households despite effecting steep increase in power tariffs, said Mr. Anil Kumar, who was instrumental in earning this year’s ‘Paryavaran Mitra’ award for the school.