TAMIL NADU

“Energy efficiency possible with awareness”

Current issue: Women listening to the tips offered by a Tamil Nadu Electricity Board official on achieving energy efficiency in Tiruchi on Thursday.

Current issue: Women listening to the tips offered by a Tamil Nadu Electricity Board official on achieving energy efficiency in Tiruchi on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: R. Ashok

Special Correspondent

The emphasis is on staggering power consumption to reduce peak hour demand

TIRUCHI: How best could domestic consumers respond constructively to tackle the power shortage faced by the State? This was the focus of a seminar, exclusive for women, on energy efficiency and safety held in the City on Thursday.

The event hosted by the Technical Training and Development Centre of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board gave the women, who have been facing the brunt of the power holiday in recent times, an ideal opportunity to grill the officials.

And the questions flew thick and fast – why does the TNEB, which asks consumers to switch over to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) from incandescent bulbs, not insist on the government agencies to make the change first? How could consumers know the energy efficiency of household appliances? Does solar power and other renewable energy sources offer a dependable alternative for households?

A team of TNEB officials patiently answered these and a host of other queries. They sought to dispel misconceptions on the efficiency of household appliances and power usage patterns. The emphasis was on staggering power consumption to reduce peak hour demand.

Safety issues

The women also got several tips on power factor improvement, household lighting and natural lighting, deriving maximum efficiency from household appliances and safety issues from R. Krishnanandam, former Superintending Engineer, TNEB. Restricting the operation (opening) of refrigerators to a maximum of five times a day, using air conditioners to the exact capacity requirement of a room and using standard equipment could contribute to a substantial savings in domestic power consumption, he observed.

K. Arulmozhi, Executive Engineer (General), TNEB, Metro, Tiruchi, said the programme was vital given the current energy crisis faced by the country. She also appealed to the consumers to appreciate the government’s efforts at restricting the power holiday for domestic consumers despite the constraints.

F. X. Mary Magdalin Princy, Senior Manager, Technical Training and Development Centre, Tiruchi, in a presentation, observed that while energy audits have been made mandatory by law for industrial and commercial consumers, energy efficiency could be achieved among domestic consumers only by spreading awareness.

Consumers should go in only for household appliances which have been star rated for their energy efficiency. Staggering the use of water motors and other household equipments could reduce the peak hour demand, she said.

G. Balasubramanian, Assistant Executive Engineer, TNEB, said similar programmes were being organised for students, women and industrial/commercial consumers.

Sakunthala Srinivasan of the Tiruchi Consumers Movement and others spoke.

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