Surwahi Social Kanha – Coliving in wilderness

Energy conservation

Today’s wastage is tomorrow’s shortage.

Like if we do not conserve energy today then we have to face a lot. Energy conservation is the attempt made to lessen the consumption of strength by means of using less of a power carrier. This can be finished either by using electricity extra efficiently (using less strength for a consistent carrier) or by using reducing the amount of carrier used (for example, via driving much less). Energy conservation is a part of the concept of Eco-sufficiency. Energy conservation reduces the want for electricity services and can bring about expanded environmental quality, personal economic protection and better savings.

Steps for saving energy at Surwahi Social Kanha

1) Adjusting our behaviour

To reduce energy consumption in your home, you do no longer necessarily need to go out and purchase electricity efficient products. Energy conservation may be as simple as turning off lighting fixtures or appliances while you do now not need them. We tend to ignore most of these common gems on our vacation or those weekend trips. To keep the guests aware we at Surwahi Social Kanha would be constantly reminding intuitively about the best practices of saving resources like “Electricity or Water” as a core mantra of our existence, survival and minimalism.

2) Disconnect equipments, in addition, to switch off

The strength utilised by electronic devices when they may become off or in standby mode are one of the chief reasons of electricity waste. In fact, it is predicted that 75% of the power used by family electronic items is fed on when they’re switched off, which can cost you a deal if summed annually. At SSK we encourage our guests to disconnect and not just switch off their mobile or laptop chargers or backup battery banks etc.

3) Switch from CFL to LED bulbs

Traditional incandescent light bulbs consume too much strength and ought to get replaced more often than their energy green alternatives. Halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use anywhere from 25-80% less energy and last 3 to 25 instances longer than conventional bulbs. In Surwahi Social, we focus on this and use LEDs bulbs to save energy.

4) Use of natural resources
a) Natural Light Openings

At the time of contracting house, we should focus on natural light sourcing so that we can save energy and use natural light. In Surwahi Social we focus on this to save the energy and taking benefits from it. Natural light contain vitamin D, Wards off seasonal depression, help to Improves sleep and Reduces health risks of fluorescent lighting. For the natural light in SSK we have, bedside window and skylight in the dormitory, kitchen’s area and central dining area is kept open the funnel for the natural light source. This would help us in saving the energy and take the feel of Natural resource. NOTE Funnel also use for water conservation in SSK.

b) Stabilised Cob or Mud concrete

Clay is a poor conductor of heat as compared to wood and bricks. Therefore, clay neither allows the external heat to enter the house in summer nor it allows the internal heat to escape out in winters. Hence, mud houses remain colder in summer and warmer in winter. In Surwahi Social we use Stabilized mud concrete. So that we can have our building naturally cool in summer and heater in winter. And have less equipment to make it more comfortable for guest.

c) Wood-fired storage water heater
Wood-fired storage water heater in SSK

5) Solar power pump

The sun is an infinite source of energy. And solar power plant is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity, directly the use of photovoltaic (PV), indirectly the usage of concentrated solar energy, or a combination. Photovoltaic cells convert mild into an electric present-day the use of the photovoltaic effect. In surwahi Social we a photovoltaic Solar power plant to use the solar energy while operating the water pump.

Solar Power Plant In SSK
6) Utilising local raw material for construction

When we purchase the material from outside we need transportation and time also if we purchase the same material from our local area then we can save our time and transportation energy also. the same concept we use in SSK also we promote local thing most. To construct our building we need a concrete mixture, so we used a Stabilised Mud mixture which requires less quantity of cement and more of soil. And soil was easily available there. To prepare Stabilised Mud mixture we have used Fine Murum Soil, Coarse Murum Soil, Cement, Brick Powder, lime and water in proper proportion. All the thing are used locally available there. Apart from this we also use local labour, fire bricks, and many more. to not produce the carbon footprints

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