Earth Hour: How much of a difference does it make?
I for one am no expert. But through my layman eyes, I don’t see it making such an impact since it’s done only once a year. I Twitted asking why not once a month or once a week? I don’t understand why it is being made a grand event. One thing for sure it’s getting too commercial. I see establishments like this one taking advantage of the event to make some money. I won’t be surprised if this will end up like a dark version of Valentine’s Day.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti Earth Hour (EA). I think it’s a worthy cause. I’m just questioning the impact it makes to us and if we really do learn something from it. After this EA, is any authority taking the responsibility to further carry out some kind of action so that this energy saving practices are really being understood by everyone, properly implemented and not just a once a year thing.
I also asked on Twitter & Facebook if there is any energy efficient building in Brunei? Yes we do have ONE, which is BEDB’s Knowledge Hub. Well, just one doesn’t say much does it? But I guess it’s better than none. I don’t get it why we’re not using the sun (which we get a lot of) and other energy efficient technologies in most of the government buildings. Countries all over the world for years now have been using solar energy to provide power to buildings. And while we’re on the issue of buildings, why is the Housing Development Department not implementing ‘green’ homes too?
I think our government should implement something like the recent low tax for hybrid cars. Maybe the Ministry of Finance can talk to banks about having some special home financing package for those would-be home owners who are building energy efficient approved homes. This package can be extended to property developers too, so that more of such ‘green’ properties are available in the market. Home owners should be educated on how much savings they can make from having a ‘green’ home. In the long run, this would help decrease the dependency on our strained power stations.
I do hope we’ll get to see more of these ‘green’ efforts implemented consistently in the long run and not just a once a year event. I believe we have the means to do it consistently all year round and not just once a year.