The need for substantial energy conservation by residents and staff of the University was the focus of the energy-conservation seminar held on Friday, September 20.
Dr. Jacob Jacob, a faculty member who facilitated this program, observed that 1.8 MW of electricity consumed by AUN last year could have been reduced to less than 1.5MW, in order to benefit the surrounding communities.
"AUN can direct some electricity, and even create some output to other communities,” he said, adding that such a gesture will earn the University some more goodwill and serve as another community development effort.
"If everybody takes up the personal responsibility of switching off ACs, turning off bulbs and all other electrical gadgets not in use, we can save much more.” Calling for a change of attitude, he reminded participants that the goal is to daily conserve energy.
Michael Ameh, AUN’s energy consultant, noted an uncooperative attitude of a few users to energy conservation. "When we go round to survey buildings, to see how people use power, we occasionally face opposition…the challenge is to get everyone to buy into this project."
He emphasized that his team would continually pursue the initiative for the good of the institution, urging those at the seminar to spread the word. "We may not come into your office to tell you to switch off your lights, but we'll continue to create awareness to sensitize people that it’s not only about cost-saving, but the right thing to do."