What is the solution for Load Sheddings / Blackouts?

With all the unscheduled power cuts around the city and the hee-haw about the turning the old ‘city of lights’ into the ‘city of darkness’, are we just going to whine about it or are we going to do something to fix it?

One person cannot make a difference, but if no one starts, there will never be a difference!

We can’t get dozens of nuclear reactors to satisfy our never ending power hunger, we can not tame water to work the magic for us, we can’t have solar panels powering our street lights and traffic signals, but we can pitch in our tiny bit to make a big difference.

Well, how can YOU pitch in?

Simply by changing your light bulbs!!

According to research, the new ‘energy-saver’ bulbs use only 20% power to generate the same amount of light a conventional edison bulb does, and they even last longer (plus point: they come with warranty).

By replacing all our light bulbs with energy-savers, we can save approximately 500MWs of electricity, enough to kill the load-shedding problem for Karachi and Lahore!!

Its not much of an effort on individual level, but collectively, this small, negligible initiative can pave the road to “Lightenment” :)

So the next time there’s a power-cut, only YOU are to blame!!

13 Comments so far

  1. Imran (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

    Good post!

    AND (barai mehrbani) switch off lights when you leave the room; any room, whether its your home or office or where-ever.

    Bijli bachaiye … apne liye (aur qaum) ke liye : )


  2. ronin1770 (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

    100% agree with comment above – every one have to start pitching in – saving a bit of power here and there


  3. Naeem Yakoob (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

    I must say a very interesting post Farrukh. I do hope the facts you have are correct. Not sure what the source is and if we can actually save 500MW of electricity…but there could also be different ways of persuading people to change to energy saver white bulbs…

    1. retailers/wholesalers not to take any profits on these specific bulbs
    2. no government duties/taxes etc. on such bulbs (not sure if there are any already)
    3. how about some big blue chip companies distributing free bulbs as a way to save environment as well as reduce the electricity consumption? as a way of marketing their companies..
    4. offices giving away two bulbs to each of their employees..:)


  4. Imran (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    some good ideas there, Naeem. Specially #4


  5. Adnan Sheikh (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 7:51 pm

    Install Solar lights outside in streets … thats is cheaper … and will give enough amount of light to lighten up the streest..


  6. PatExpat (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 8:12 pm

    I think Altah Hussain should hold a ‘Save electricity’ rally. With the people willing to follow him anywhere, I think for once he will have a positive impact on the city and its citizens.


  7. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

    engineering university students work on some project in their final year like GPS car tracking etc… why not work on some thing like solar power generating unit for private homes.. every one should install those at their place and generate their own energy while sell the surplus back to utility company… i have heard that solar panels are extermly expensive but still if we see the cost saving in longer term then they might not seem expensive …


  8. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

    Good Post!

    At individual level those who can afford should switch immediately to energy savers. In developed countries they have started to ban Incadescent bulb in favour of flourecent energy savers. On second level they are switching to LED Bulbs, which are more energy efficient than conventional energy savers, lasts longer than them and produce more light. But they are expensive even there now.

    At government level these energey savesr should be subsidized as it will pays off the investment very soon.

    At corporate level all CRT Monitors should be replaced by TFT/LCD panels. It saves energy by about 50%, less harmful to eyes, doesn’t produce heat so it will minimize airconditioning units.

    At family level house should be planned energy efficient by some good architect this will help minimize cooling units.

    A chemical is available which when applied to roof reflect sun rays thus your house is kept cool reducing air conditioning units.

    Extra lightings should be switched off if not needed.


  9. Kashif (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    I would suggest switching the light only to find the machis and maum bati.

    Yeh jau street lights din main bhi jalti hain, who is accountable for that?


  10. abdullah (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

    @ Farrukh:
    your coment reminded me of a good joke. the americans control the city lights in pakistan. when, its night in america, they sitch them on.;)

    I do agree with you that energy saving is ultimately our responsibility and everyone can pitch in to some degree.


  11. abdullah (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

    oops, meant kashif in that post….


  12. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 12:56 am

    “using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes”, i have been hearing this BS for ages. when will this actually get implemented??


  13. wasiq (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 3:46 am

    the world cup is finished….KBC3 is also over….parosan ki roz jati hai merri nahein jaay gi toh sub ko shuba nahein ho ga….??for god’s sake…please.please.please!!!!!!!!!!



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