Have you ever wondered about getting up in the morning, sipping your tea made on a stove, which runs on a biogas, watching television and reading newspaper under the fan which runs on solar power, and drinking water free from any impurities generated by rainwater harvesting plant, preparing food with the vegetables grown naturally in an organic garden, this is something more like a fairytale. In fact, life isn’t a fairytale but we can make it like a fairytale.!
People are now spending more money on electricity, LPG and water. The demand is much higher than even the government has increased the prices of these fuels. It has created a financial burden for many.
Meet this eco-friendly person from Chennai Mr Suresh, who has made a notable history by making use of renewable sources of energy like sun, water and organic waste for his daily needs.
This 70-year-old man who graduated from IIT Madras and IIM- Ahmedabad, previously worked as MD in a textile group. He is now retired and living in a self – sufficient house.
“S” for Solar and “S” for Suresh, affectionately tagged as “Solar Suresh” by his family and friends after he set up the Solar plant.
Like any opportunity that knocks only once, he visited Germany, there he saw houses had rooftop solar plants successfully implemented. When a country like Germany with little sunshine is successful, why it cannot be implemented in Chennai where solar energy is available sufficiently especially in Chennai? This idea crossed his mind, and that has made all the difference.
He returned to India and decided to apply this idea. He approached big corporates, all shook their heads. At last, together with the help of a local vendor, he successfully constructed a solar power for his home.
Hurray! The solar plant produces 12- 16 units/day
Today, it powers 11 fans, 25 lights, AC, washing machine, mixer grinder etc. No power outage occurred since then except during the cyclone Vardah.No extra wiring is required inside the house. Maintenance is needed half-yearly in the form of cleaning the panels.
After the success of the solar plant, he moved on setting up an organic vegetable garden. Today, his kitchen garden produces 15-20 types of fresh vegetables.
He makes use of this vegetable waste like peels, leftover food to make biogas plant. The food is cooked by using biogas, not by LPG in his home.
Apart from this, he has set up a rainwater harvesting system. It collects the rainwater from the terrace, gets purified with an organic filter comprises of charcoal, pebbles and sand, which then stored in the sump for later use. Isn’t it great?
Instead of blaming the government for a change, we as a citizen should make a change for sustainable living.
Today, Suresh has not only saved a huge amount of money but also taught us to live an eco-friendly and a self-sustainable life.