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Time to prioritise energy-saving

The majority of people were ignorant of the extent of the damage they were doing to “mother” earth’s resources by being overly careless in the way they consumed energy.

People have always taken a backseat to being part of the solution as they consumed energy in a carefree manner, apparently oblivious of the fact that energy can, like many resources, be depleted.

It has always been left to the higher powers to take care of the situation and make sure the populace’s energy needs were met.

However, given the present time of sharply increasing demand for energy and the rush worldwide to secure energy supplies, many people are starting, albeit slowly, to realise that energy is one resource that might not always be there.

Therefore there is need to put in place energy conservation measures and develop other energy pathways.

The lesson has especially been learnt the hard way in Zimbabwe as the country is struggling to meet its people’s most basic energy needs with the majority of urban dwellers having to go for the better part of the days without electricity.

According to the summary for policy-makers entitled World in Transition: Future Bioenergy and Sustainable Land Use compiled by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), “Some 2,5 billion people currently have no access to affordable and safe forms of energy (such as electricity and gas) to meet their basic needs.”

The figures might very well be higher, the more reason why people should be economic in the way they use energy.

Considering the fact that Zimbabwe has a clear power deficit, it might be time that we seriously considered other energy options that would ensure future energy supplies.

The use of bioenergy is an option that would help overcome our current energy poverty.

The WGBU summary report states that simple cost-effective forms of bioenergy can play an important part in significantly reducing energy poverty in developing and industrialising countries.

The fact that bioenergy carriers can be stored and used to provide  energy in power grids can make a strategically important contribution to stabilising electricity supplies.

Branching into the bioenergy direction would definitely be an important component in the transformation towards sustainable energy systems.
But maybe more than anything else, it is imperative that people, especially those in developing countries, learn to save energy in every way possible and learn not to put to waste the little that is made available.

Since charity begins at home, energy-saving should start at an individual level with everyone in their own little way playing their part to conserve energy and make sure that the available energy is utilised sparingly.

It is such seemingly little irresponsible acts like leaving the lights on needlessly, especially during daytime, leaving phones on chargers well after being fully charged or leaving the geysers switched on unnecessarily that have  contributed to our current energy woes.

Considering the number of people that have to go without the energy to meet even the most basic of needs, it is time people made more efforts to save the energy that is still available.

For a country like Zimbabwe, the future energy supply is not looking too good.

Unless drastic measures are taken soon to ensure the available energy is used wisely and that other energy sources are soon established, the future is bound to be bleak.

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