The two main sources of energy that we depend on are fuel and electricity. Electricity again is dependent mostly on fuel due to limitations of hydro-power.
In the recent past inflow of vehicles to the country has increased tremendously causing many other problems such as
Severe Road blockages
Fuel Oil crisis
Widening of Foreign Exchange deficit
Government has realised even though late, that Road blockages cannot be solved by mere widening of roads, constructing new high ways and fly over bridges. As a result the problems have aggravated beyond the control of governing bodies such as the Police, Municipalities, RDA etc. Government should have realised this situation sometime back and taken precautionary measures rather than having to adopt drastic measures causing great inconvenience to the public, vehicle owners, car dealers. Etc
Next threat the country faces is due to excessive usage of electrical appliances. Several companies are advertising equipment in daily papers with all types of offers, tempting the public. Out of these appliances, refrigerators and air conditioners consume most of the electricity. Practically every building in Colombo is fitted with an enormous amount of air Conditioners which is never an attractive sight. The users of air conditioners do not mind about the high electricity bills because they can afford to pay. But there is a national obligation to examine how these appliances would affect the country in the long run.
Excessive usage and abuse of Air conditioners will cause the following problems
High Electricity consumption
Contributing to fuel oil crisis
Contributing to foreign exchange deficit
Equipment dealers bluff the public saying that the new refrigerants in use are environmental friendly but in fact they contribute severely to Global warming. Ozone unit of Sri Lanka has provided cylinders to most workshops to collect waste gases for recycling rather than releasing to the atmosphere. But how many of them adhere to these procedures, inclusive of the giant companies.
The ways to control this situation is by adopting certain strict measures such as
• Imposing very high taxes on such equipment when purchasing
• To promote construction of houses, office buildings with natural air circulation systems
• To introduce additional fixed charge for the users of such equipment
• All public sector institutions to restrict usage of high power consuming equipment
• Regular monitoring of AC workshops under the guide lines given in the Montreal agreement and the Ozone unit
After all when CEB is looking for avenues to minimise their losses, I believe some of the proposals given could be an eye opener to CEB.
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