How to conserve energy..

Every resort seems to be just obsessed with cost cutting nowadays and its steadily getting worse by the day. Maybe it has something to do with the current government’s pledge to be ‘carbon-free’ or it might be because of the perceived immediate threat to the country by Global warming (which some believe is a hoax.) Anyways, the first usual answer to the question of how to save energy in a resort normally comes like, to change all the lights to energy saving bulbs, to change all normal air conditioners to Daikin VRV systems etc.. or something simplistically similar. However this can be very wrong. While energy saving bulbs are in fact more economical to use in the long term, the cost of one energy saver bulb is several times more than a normal bulb. So the costs pretty much even out over a long enough space of time. However the typical longer life span of an energy saver bulb means less inconvenience for the guest and less work for the work overloaded maintenance desk.

Much more energy could be saved in a typical guest room by taking care of the air-conditioner and water heater. If an air-conditioner is not serviced routinely, dust attaches to both the condenser and evaporator of the system which clogs and lowers the energy efficiency of the unit which will cost much more times the difference saved from bulbs being changed to energy saver type.

The water heater can also waste a lots of energy if its thermal cut-out temperature is higher than is necessary. Together with air-conditioner these two units are the most energy intensive units in a typical guest room.

Some green thoughts…

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An inspirational pic of local school girls demonstrating against the world to raise the environmental awareness to save the country. The year was 1989. The prevalent idea at the time was like this… Greenhouse gases released into atmosphere by industrial process by developed and developing countries are depleting ozone layer somewhere above the earth… Which somehow heats the atmosphere and ice sheets in both poles will melt and the melting ice will flood the oceans raising the tide levels till our little country will be sunk… At least that was the prevalent narration. However scientists are telling us now that the exact sequence of events somehow will be a little more complex than that. For one thing the melted ice will not flow to oceans just as water flows on from a spherical surface and that they are regulated by magnetic field of earth as much as the surface geometry of earth.. lots of physics and science involved in the process of determining the exact course nature seems to be taking. But few things are certain from 1989 onwards:

The ice sheets are melting and disappearing fast.
The world is getting a little bit hotter
The developed countries do not seem to share our grief… They are in fact expecting oil and mineral booms from the poles whilst the ice melts and our country will be submerged..
The time for preventive action to halt runaway process is past and gone.. Politicians across the globe made sure they never benefited from the scientific knowledge..