Solar energy is the most abundant form of #renewable energy which is harnessed using various technologies. A solar cell is the basic unit of every solar technology that directly converts solar light into electricity through a chemical and physical process. Energy conservation is quite critical at the moment and it’s time to switch to using renewable resources.
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Here are some of the solar appliances that can be used at home:
- Solar charger
#Solar chargers can be used to charge your phones, laptops and batteries on an everyday basis. The act of charging a phone consumes very little electricity but you will end up saving a chunk of money when you’ll start using it every day!
- Solar indoor lights
Using solar panels to power your indoor lighting system 24/7 will not only save you a lot of money but also help in energy conservation which is pretty crucial at the moment.
- Solar water heaters
Electric geysers consume a bundle of power and replacing them with solar water heaters is an efficient alternative. There are generally two types of solar water heating systems – active and passive. Active ones have circulating pumps and the passive ones don’t.
- Solar oven
These little ovens can work at a temperature of up to 350 degrees using solar energy alone. It’s made of glass which absorbs the sun’s heat and magnifies it which then can be used for #cooking. This is the best option for camping trips and family picnics.
- Pool and hot tubs
Solar power units use solar energy to heat the water and clean pools. And if you don’t have an inbuilt solar kit then you can buy one and use it. It’s a little costly but it pays for itself in terms of energy savings.
- Passive heat storage tubes
These tubes are basically #greenhouse fiberglass tubes that look like thin cylinders which are hollow. These tubes can be filled with water and used to heat rooms.
Utilizing renewable resources for daily usage is an excellent way to save money and conserve #energy. Our Gorilla fans use electricity but serves the purpose of saving money by cutting down the bill by 65%.
Besides going green at home and work, making use of green technologies
in #schools and educational trusts is a big step towards energy conservation in #India. And there are many schools in India who have already started participating in the transformation.
Here are some of the schools which are going green:
- Druk White Lotus School, Ladakh
The Druk White Lotus school in Ladakh, near Kashmir, uses solar energy for electricity and water pumping. It’s great to see this school in Ladakh take such initiatives to conserve energy and keep Ladakh from getting polluted. We all know that Ladakh is one of the prettiest places in India and we wouldn’t want to lose it to pollution.
- Amulakh Amichand High School, Wadala, Mumbai
The Amuakh Amichand High School houses solar panels on the school rooftop which was set up in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Nuemberg, Germany. Their switch to #EnergyEfficient appliances has reduced their electricity bills by INR 20,000-30,000. As of now, more than fifty classrooms in this school are completely powered by solar panels.
- Cauvery Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Trichy, Tamil Nadu
The Cauvery Matriculation Higher Secondary School has distributed about seventy solar lamps to the Class X and XII students so that they don’t have to suffer in their exams due to power cuts. The solar lamps are supposed to be returned after the board exams so the next batch can use it.
- Patashaala, in the outskirts of Chennai
This school has dry composting toilets for the students, the staff and the visitors. We are very thrilled to see such schools from remote places participating in the Swatcha Bharat Abhyaan.
- AmanSetu School in Pune, Maharashtra
The building of the Aman Setu School is made from near-by recycled materials. Toxic paints and substances were avoided in the construction of this school. Such buildings are known as #GreenBuildings and a lot of new constructions are being carried out keeping the ecosystem in mind.
- Group Phi, Pune, Maharashtra
This is India’s first military school for girls and it has a gray water recycling system to reuse waste water. They also have courtyards covered with polycarbonate sheets which protect the corridors from rains.
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Another way by which the schools can conserve #energy is by installing Low Wattage Gorilla Fans that use BLDC technology to save energy and money.