Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Saving energy is more important than saving money for one’s progeny is the message conveyed at a workshop conducted by Society of Energy Engineers and Managers (SEEM) here on Friday to mark the World Environment Day.

Delivering his inaugural address, R. Sundar, Director of Boilers, said that money alone could not ensure a happy life for the future generation as they might have to face ecological imbalance caused due to indiscriminate use of energy sources.

He came down heavily on people who waste energy either insensately or in an attempt to flaunt their wealth. Making air-conditioners work at 16 degree Celsius and wasting fuel due to poor driving manners should be avoided, he advised.

“Initiatives like going to office on a bicycle at least once a week without bothering about your neighbours’ comments and making it a point to save 100 ml of petrol every day will be a big contribution towards energy conservation,” Mr. Sundar said.

Referring to the workshop’s title Energy Efficient Operation of Industrial Boilers, he said the expression ‘operation’ itself should mean ‘energy efficient operation’ without there being any difference between them.

“Efficient operation does not mean generating electricity with less money. It means generating electricity with fewer raw materials. You should know how to steam the boilers by controlling the gas, fuel and water quality,” he added.

M.T. Sambandam, chairman of the organising committee, said that SEEM was a not for profit non-governmental organisation aspiring to support Bureau of Energy Efficiency in its efforts to implement the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.

The workshop was the concluding part of the 45 day celebrations that began on April 22, Earth Day, to popularize energy efficient or renewable energy gadgets and enhance the SEEM network of energy professionals.

L. Rafique, N. Baskar and B. Krishnakumar, office-bearers of the Tamil Nadu chapter of SEEM also spoke. The inaugural function was followed by three sessions on various aspects of operating industrial boilers.