Let’s do something more than just switching off lights this Earth Hour

By Jubin Mehta|23rd Jan 2013
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Earth Hour is WWF’s global campaign inspiring governments, businesses, communities and individuals to take a stand against climate change. It is that one crucial hour uniting the world and building synergies through the collective action of switching off non essential lights. The one hour is just a symbol of a much wider motive, but do we know more?

Startup VigyanLabs has an interesting employable proposition. Usual tube lights consume 40 watts of energy while our PCs take in 100 watts and 40% of it is lost in the transmission cable! What one consumes via a tube light is lost in transmission in case of a PC. IPMPlus has launched a tool (as a part of a competition) that can optimize your battery consumption and save electricity. Just to give an estimate, data centres worldwide consume 322 Terawatt Hours of electricity – enough to power the entire country of Russia with its Siberian-scale energy needs. This statistic was w.r.t data centres, which are necessary to be kept on, but India alone has crores of PCs (including corporates) that are on for long durations without any purpose.

IPMPlus has an app that can help you conserve battery and other products as well which come under the VigyanLabs umbrella. “We’ve launched this product with our savings to help with the cause. WWF has also partnered with us on this and we hope we can reach out to as many users as possible,” says Anand Hariharan, founder of VigyanLabs. To increase the adoption, they also have an iPad as a gift for the winner of the competition. The competition is based on a point system and involves installing the .exe file that regulates your system’s power consumption. The one with the maximum points at the end of the competition – March 23rd, 2013 – wins. Users can earn more points by recommending friends as well.

We can vouch for all the calculations on the site because Anand happens to roam around with an energy meter everywhere he goes, and he landed at our office to show us how it works

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Download the software here and enter the competition to do your bit for the earth.

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