Government Plans to Save Energy:
Energy saving is the practice of reducing the amount of energy being used through consumption of power efficient devices like light bulbs or air conditioners and other electronic devices. Considering this,
- The Government of India enacted the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. This Act provides an institutional arrangement and a regulatory mechanism at the Central and State level to begin a drive to promote energy efficiency in the country.
- The Bureau of Energy Efficiency has also come out with an Action Plan that includes various schemes to promote saving of electricity.
- The Government of India is also working to develop advanced technologies of renewable energy such as: geothermal energy, ocean energy, fuel cells, bio fuels and tidal energy to satisfy future energy requirements.
- Every year, National Energy Conservation Award is conferred to companies who contribute for conservation of energy.
- Under National Program on Improved Chulha (NPIC) (Smokeless cook-stoves), Government of India provides smokeless and improved wood cook-stoves (both portable & fixed) and provides Central Subsidy.
- Besides, day to day awareness campaign, painting competition among school children on energy saving day are organized.
- The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has initiated certain comprehensive programs for the development and utilization of renewable energy.
Thus, it is important to promote the benefits of conserving energy by adopting such ‘clean’ technologies through public awareness campaigns. It is vital that we pass on a clean, healthy and safe environment to future generations also.