CHENNAI: “You rush when baby cries, but why are you not bothered about the wastage of water when it leaks like tears from pipes?” asked M. Kavya, a class seven student from Chairman Manickavasagam Middle School in Devakottai in Sivagangai district at the UN energy audit competition. She won the second prize in the first energy audit competition for students, held recently in the city.
Agni foundation in association with the UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan conducted first energy audit competition for students. “In our school, if tube lights are replaced by CFL bulbs, the classrooms will be brighter and will also consume less energy,” Kavya told DC. Winners were selected based on the presentation, quality of the audit and energy conservation techniques proposed.
She also recommended appointing a class leader for monitoring wastage of water from taps and setting up solar rooftop panel in her cycle stand to save energy. When asked for measures to avoid excessive heat inside classrooms she said thermocol designs can be placed on the roof to avoid the heat. “Her presentation attracted researchers and scientists, who were part of the jury. She was awarded the second prize in the first energy audit competition for students,” said L.Chokkalingam, headmaster, chairman Manicka Vasagam Middle School, Devakottai. The student’s mother Mala works as a domestic help and her father Marimuthu died in 2014.