Saved Electricity in Nepal

Stikkord: Energi i bygg, Energibruk, Energikilder, Forbruk og avfall, Forbruksmønster, Trondheim

Saving money through more efficient use of energy, Trondheim Municipality is able to install a solar cell panel in a girls’ crisis centre in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Saving money through more efficient use of energy, Trondheim Municipality is able to install a solar cell panel in a girls’ crisis centre in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

«Strømsparegrisen» (Electricity Saving Piggy Bank) is a service offered to all municipal nursery schools in Trondheim. It is meant to teach children to become aware of their use of energy, and aims at correcting energy consumption in nursery schools.

All nursery schools are provided with tips for activity as well as educational material. This service is developed in cooperation with preschool teachers and linked to the general plan of each school.

The project is also designed to fit in elementary and secondary schools, allowing them to spend the money saved through the project as they please. With the coordinating effort of FORUT, a development organisation, nursery schools’ savings are spent on installing solar cells in a girls’ crisis centre in Kathmandu.

Share Electricity

In Norway, we have sufficient power for lighting, heating and the charging of mobile phones. Our sockets are ripe with electricity and there’s light in every window. But not all countries enjoy such abundance. In Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, a house called the Balika Home provides temporary shelter for girls from streets and slum quarters. Some are child labourers while some have lost contact with their parents.

The Balika Home can receive 120 children each year. The electricity supply in Nepal is strictly rationed and often out of service. When electricity disappears the whole house turns pitch black, and computers and other electrical equipment can not be used.

Prevents Use and Despose

With a solar cell panel in place, there will be less pollution in Balika Home. Normally, as batteries used in torches last only a couple of days, they are rapidly disposed of and new ones purchased. The disposed batteries pollute the environment, whereas a solar cell panel can be recharged and does not pollute.

In the absence of electric lighting, kerosene lamps are sometimes also used; these lamps are quite contaminating. Now the Balika Home won’t have to use them anymore, as the nursery schools in Tronheim has saved enough electricity to pay for the solar cell panel.

Strømsparegrisen a Success

«Strømsparegrisen» (Electricity Saving Piggy Bank) was started in schools, and its success made Trondheim try it out in nursery schools as well. The municipality have experienced that children understand what it means to save energy, even at a very young age. In 2009, 31 nursery schools take part in the project.

Statistics prove the project’s success. In the school year 2007-2008, a total of 22 schools participated, the 10 most active overseeing a 12 per cent decrease in energy consumption from January to June 2008 compared to the same period in 2007. Measured quantitatively, the reduction was 574.309 kWh, equivalent of the energy consumption in 50 detached houses.

Committed Children

Schools report that students took great interest in measuring their schools’ energy use, and finding ways to save energy was the most intriguing part. The resulting data have been used in several school subjects. According to some schools, students have gone on to measure consumption and plan for energy saving in their own homes as well.

Many factors influence energy consumption in schools. As for the data presented here, temperature fluctuations have been taken into account, whereas technical and building related conditions are left out. The results correspond to experiences with similar measures taken elsewhere and demonstrate clearly the connection between increased focus on energy and a reduction in energy use.