Apr 13 - 19, 2009

After 3 A's which stand for accessibility, availability, and acceptability now I would like to go to another step where we can ponder at 3H's and see that what meanings do they have which can lead to sustainable development from energy efficiency trainings perspective. I would categorize these trainings in three portions while keeping in view the functions of 3H's.

Heart & Awareness Training: It should provide to the individuals the reasons why they should be more energy efficient. It is for the "heart". It should give everyone in the organisation the incentive, the motivation, and the conviction that being energy efficient is the right thing to do. It should answer questions like:

Why should we save energy?

What happens when we do not save energy?

What do we gain by saving energy?

Awareness of energy efficiency is a motivational driver for all activities. A high level of awareness does not guarantee high motivation. However it does ensure that decisions are more likely to be sustained by some degree of conviction.

Head & Knowledge-Understanding Training: It provides individuals with the information they need to use energy efficiently. Everyone in the organization should gain the appropriate level of knowledge to know how to be energy efficient. This type of energy efficiency - training needs to answer questions such as:

What is energy efficiency?

Do I have a role in saving energy?

What is a comfortable working temperature?

Should a fluorescent tube be on or off?

The knowledge and understanding of energy efficiency are the underpinning aspects that will facilitate real energy savings. The enthusiasm gained from increased awareness can only carry the individual so far. Knowledge provides the foundations for a far greater Impact.

Hands & Tools-technology Training: It provides the "hands" to complement the 'heart' and 'head' components. Relevant tools and technologies from proximity sensing lights switches and self-shutting water taps through building energy management systems to combined heat and power units provide opportunities for substantial energy savings.

This type of energy efficiency - training needs to answer questions such as:

How do I operate this machine efficiently?

How do I read the data from this device?

How often do I maintain this device?

Although training for this aspect is likely to be limited to technical staff, everyone else should be given sufficient understanding to be able to help implement new systems. So 3A's & 3H's could only be sustained if there is the element of 3I's going to be covered in next article.

Writer is the Team Leader (Energy Cell), Certified Trainer on Energy Efficiency & Productivity Specialist National Productivity Organization, Ministry of Industries & Production.