Human behavior

Changing Citizen Behavior for Energy Efficient Dhaka

How can we bring positive change in citizen behavior to create energy efficient Dhaka city?

Dhaka city is facing the challenge of energy shortage everyday and one of the main reason behind energy shortage is energy consumption without necessity. This waste of energy by the citizens contributes a lot in the shortage of energy for this city.
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Challenge description

The energy sector consists of electricity, gas, coal, liquid fuel, wind energy, solar, and other nonpetroleum fuel. These are all interlinked with the main focus is on the generation of electricity and the two primary fuels that Bangladesh possesses -- gas and coal.

The critical role of assured supply of electricity at an affordable price for social and economic development is universally recognized. The Bangladesh government has identified power supply as a major constraint on GDP growth, private investment, and overall economic development.

Dhaka itself consumes about 40% of the total generated electricity, and the demand for electricity is increasing by 10% annually.During the summer season, there is a shortage of electricity (due to use of electricity for irrigation purpose) which forces electricity departments to impose load shedding causing discomfort to consumers.

Though there is shortage in energy production, misuse of energy by negligent behavior of the citizens also results shortage of energy. That's why our honorable Prime minister recently said " We have a bad habit of not switching the lights off while leaving our offices or homes.Besides, huge water is wasted during the shower or for other usages.We are leaving homes without turning off the stoves, which is also a waste of natural gas and can cause serious accidents as well.We [government] are also working to reach electricity to every household by 2021,”

Challenge vision

Solutions should focus on-

  • How to motivate people to consume less energy
  • Process to monitor energy consumption
  • legal way to punish waste of energy by negliugent behavior
  • Awareness building
  • Efficient energy use
  • Motiavation to use renewable source of energy

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