In an attempt to spread awareness about energy conservation, 17 schools and their students were instrumental in saving over 13,000 units of energy by motivating entire neighbourhoods to shut down electricity for an hour.The schools, which have come together under the banner of ‘The Green Principals and Educators League’, planned to take their efforts beyond a one-day exercise by encouraging students to contribute to the cause. Students were asked to undertake projects on energy conservation to obtain marks in their second term.Under the project, it was decided that the students will shut electricity for an hour on December 11 at their residences and encourage at least five neighbours, friends or relatives to do the same. Interestingly, the students were able to motivate 45,000 households and save nearly 13,600 units.Speaking about the initiative, Renu Seth, a founding member of the initiative, said, “The results are great as the students and schools have really worked very hard. Students were able to motivate 45,000 households and we could save electricity worth Rs 80,000. This was a small step but if all schools join a similar initiative, we will be able to spread a lot of awareness and save energy.”Seema Merneti, Academic Coordinator for all branches of New Shama School in the city said, “Our school has underprivileged students, hence, it is good to see how they were motivated through this initiative. We have included this project as part of the curriculum and students will be marked on the same.”SAVINGS IN NUMBERSAverage units saved by a 2BHK house in 1 hour: 0.3 units Total number of units saved by 45,363 houses on December 11: 13,608.9 units Total units saved by one school: 413.29 Total units saved by this initiative: 14,022.19 units (mwh)

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City students get 45k households to switch off power for an hour