Switch off and say bye to standbyI remember my younger days when there used to be a lot of power failure in my town and I used to study in a candlelight or under an oil lamp. During summer power situation was even grimmer and I was forced to study waving hand fan or newspaper to prevent perspiration drops falling on the book. Sadly, generators were not popular at that time and also people could not afford it.
Today the situation has changed. In bigger cities even if there is a power failure most of the houses and apartments are having diesel generators which switch on as soon as there is a power failure. Hence people do not feel the impact of power failure so much. So working under a candle or oil lamp has become rare nowadays. Today's generation of kids probably won't be aware of this problem of power failure since they are not getting impacted by it due to alternate sources of power.
In spite of the shortage of power, it is very disheartening to see how people waste electricity, especially in big cities and towns. Many times I see lights glowing inside the office buildings even late at night. In many houses Microwave, TV and other electrical equipment are continuously in standby mode and people never switch it off. WiFi routers in residences and offices are also always on and people do not care to switch them off. These people are usually financially well off and they do not care even if electricity bill is slightly more. People justify it by saying that it does not matter as it does not consume much electricity if the appliance is kept in standby mode but it is not true as every little electricity saved matters. Imagine if all the citizens in the country care and try to save even this little electricity, it can combine to a huge saving in electricity that can light up several dark houses.
So it is high time that people understand the importance of electricity in our life and switch off gadgets when not in use and say by to standby mode.