Save Electricity Save Earth
We take pride in the advancement that we have achieved so far and one of the most potent inventions of the 21st century is electricity and its importance in our life is unquestionable.
We need electricity at every moment and in every walk of life. Electricity is considered the soul and the life without which the entire world remains dead and dormant.
Our health, education, cooking, washing clothes, transport, agriculture, engineering and other technical activities all are now conditioned by electricity.
The surgeon in the operation theatre, the engineer in the factory, the motor-mechanic in the garage, the officer in the office, the passengers at the railway platform, all are enjoying the service rendered by electricity.
One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken. The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.
We cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around us, what we do make a difference and we have to decide what kind of a difference we want to make.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. Saving electricity is the need of the hour. It means that we should use it when necessary and should avoid wasting it.
There are many ways of saving electricity like turning off lights when leaving a room, replacing conventional bulbs with energy saving bulbs and use of other appliances that use less energy. The other ways to save electricity are-
• Set your electrical geyser’s thermostat at 55 ° C to 60 ° C.
• Switch off the lights when they are not needed.
• Use fewer bulbs with higher wattages. For instance, one 100 watt bulb produces the same light as two 60 watt bulbs.
• Dimming switches reduce electricity consumption.
• Use the correct heaters. Infrared electricity heaters are the most energy efficient heaters.
• Use compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) instead of ordinary bulbs.
• Use low-energy lamps for exterior lighting.
• A front loading washing machine uses less water and costs less to operate.
• Make sure you have a full load before washing.
• Select the shortest possible washing programme.
• Use pressure cookers when preparing food that takes a long time to cook.
• Small pots on large plates waste electricity.
• Do not use pots with distorted bottoms.
• Switch off the plates or oven before food is fully cooked.
• Keep oven doors closed until food is cooked.
• Do not preheat the oven. It isn’t necessary to preheat the oven except for food requiring high temperatures and slow cooking times.
• Glass and ceramic pans retain heat better than metal pans.
• Use the microwave to cook small to medium quantities of food.
• Don’t open the door unnecessarily and make sure the seal is intact.
• Turn off an empty refrigerator when going on holiday.
• Let hot foods cool down before placing them in the refrigerator.
• Defrost fridges regularly. A build-up of ice reduces operating efficiency and increases running costs.
The advantages of saving electricity include lesser electricity bills, lesser use of fossil fuels which consequently reduces air pollution and also lesser chances of radioactive pollution.
Never ever consider yourself as powerless as its one person’s passion that translates into a voice of change that is supported by a small group so not once doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Our thoughts and actions will help us to save ourselves from destruction.
It’s time to act now as the time for pondering is over and do your bit by remembering that the ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
Saving our planet, lifting people out of reverie, selfishness, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security, and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
All of it begins with our willingness to do something to change our present state and at the same time think for the future generations as in the words of David Bower, “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”