Honouring innovations on ‘National Energy Conservation Day’

LED bulbs are energy-efficient and consume lesser energy than incandescent lights.
LED bulbs are energy-efficient and consume lesser energy than incandescent lights.

Climate Change is an area of major concern in the current world. And one of its major reasons is because we humans overuse or waste the different kinds of energies that are available to us. We use a lot of non-renewable sources like fossil fuels, crude oil, coal, among others. These are gradually depleting in quantity. Instead of using these non-renewable sources, we need to be using renewable ones and try to conserve the energy that we are using.

"Energy conservation is an important factor in lessening climate change. It helps the replacement of non-renewable resources with renewable energy. The conservation of energy is frequently the most cost-effective solution to energy shortages, as well as a more ecologically friendly option than increasing energy output."

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The most accurate way to conserve energy is to use less energy. It is vital to use energy efficiently in order to store it for future use. The idea of Energy Conservation should be ingrained in every human's mind so that they aptly follow the energy conservation strategy.

On 14th December, India celebrates its National Energy Conservation Day, to raise awareness about the need of conserving energy by using less of it. This is to be done through competitions and workshops, debates and conferences organized throughout the whole country. Another objective of this day is to showcase India's achievement in energy efficiency and conservation to the common masses.

The India Energy Conservation Act was implemented by BEE in 2001. BEE, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, is a constitutional body that helps the Indian Government to develop policies and strategies in order to reduce the use of energy.

In India, this day is celebrated under 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'. This year it will be celebrated from the 8th to the 14th Of December. Various activities have been undertaken by different organisations to celebrate and promote this day. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency had organized National Level Painting Competitions for school children. The topic was 'energy conservation'. The competition was divided into State level and national level, and all of the 36 States and Union Territories took part in it. The themes for the competition were — 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: Energy Efficient India' and 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: Cleaner Planet'.

LED bulbs are energy-efficient and consume lesser energy than incandescent lights.Pixabay

The awareness programs are targeted towards students as they are the future. Children and teenagers across the globe are the ones that are actually fighting for measures to be taken to prevent the quickly escalating climate change. Young people like Greta Thunberg of Sweden and Licypriya Kangujam of India, and others, are trying to raise their voices and concerns on how badly climate change affects us and hoe to try to combat it.

The Indian Government's 'Gram UJALA' program will provide LED bulbs at a heavily subsidized pricing of 10 rupees in 2579 villages across 5 states (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana), on this occasion. This programme was launched by the Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy, RK Singh in March 2021 and has till date distributed over 33 lakh LED bulbs in different states. LED bulbs are energy-efficient and consume lesser energy than incandescent lights.

On National Energy Conservation Day, awards are given to honour innovations and accomplishments in energy conservation by industries, and manufacturers of BEE star labelled appliances, as well as raise awareness that energy conservation is an important part of India's response to reducing global warming through energy savings. The awards also honour their demonstrated commitment to energy efficiency and conservation.

"India is one of the few countries to effectively achieve its goals and fulfill its promises that was signed in the historic Paris Agreement in 2015 to reverse climate change. Through its various schemes and policies, the Indian government is constantly pushing the cause of energy efficiency and conservation."

(Keywords : energy conservation, India, energy sources, renewable, non-renewable, awareness, climate change, LED, innovation.)

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