News By/Courtesy: Lia Jils | 13 Sep 2020 13:38pm IST


  • Energy conservation
  • Lack of conservation of energy in Jammu and Kashmir
  • Energy saving appliances

Energy conservation is one of the main things that the citizens do to conserve energy for the future as a part of sustainable development. According to the lifestyle of people living in these areas, consumption can be reduced in cooking, lighting, heating etc. Many homes in Jammu and Kashmir are not designed according to fulfil energy conservation needs. Industrial electricity usage was minimum here. Solar energy was underutilized but using solar as a source of power will lead to huge savings. Solar energy sources can be put in full use during the winter season. Solar energy cant is used in times of rainy seasons but the cost can be reduced except the fact that its initial cost is high.

According to Ghulam Hassan Mir, the joint commissioner at Srinagar municipal corporation and a trained architect homes in Jammu and Kashmir does not fulfil energy conservation needs. There is no reliable source of data to explain this argument but it has been designed in a way where it cant have proper heating with minimal energy use. Doors and windows are constructed in a way that there will be a lot of heat loss. According to the municipal corporation of Kashmir people should make use of natural resources like solar energy. The houses must be designed with proper windows or sunspace. It should be double glazed to provide insulation. It should also be designed in such a way that it doesn't allow cold air to enter during the winter season.

The choice of devices also plays an important role in conserving energy. Energy friendly devices like water heating by geysers with the thermostat. It is important to make sure that people use energy-friendly appliances like 

  • Thermostat for heating purposes 

  • use 3 star or 5-star appliances for refrigerators, washing machines, etc.

Another important fact is about stopping energy theft completely. About 50 to 60 per cent do not follow the norms of electricity consumption and misuse it. People are careless and they use devices switched on for hours even if they are not using it. When it comes to lightning the PDD carried out a retro-fitting program under the Unnati Jyoti scheme in which 95 per cent was achieved by selling 7.2 million light-emitting diode bulbs to people of Jammu and Kashmir. As such Let's hope that all the schemes bought by the government make the state energy efficient. Citizens also play an important role as being responsible and implementing the plans bought forward by the state.


This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 13 Sep 2020 16:33pm IST

Tags : #environment #energy conservation

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