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Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Directorate General of New Energy, Renewable Energy and Conservation (EBTKE) of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) instilled energy-saving habits early on in the students.
Director General of EBTKE of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Rida Mulyana, said that energy use in Indonesia is still wasteful. This is exacerbated by the decline of energy sources such as oil and natural gas.
Currently we are still quite wasteful in using energy, "said Rida, in the event
announcement of the winner of the Energy Saving Contest (LHE) at Home and School, in Jakarta, Monday (28/11/2016).
Rida continued, energy needs in Indonesia about 95 percent comes from fossil energy, especially petroleum, whereas oil and gas reserves are decreasing and causing problems of energy supply more complicated. Therefore, people need to save energy, in addition to finding new sources of oil and energy reserves.
"Behavior change is important, behavior change can be done effectively through habituation or often called learning by doing," said Rida.
Therefore, the EBTKE Directorate General of the ESDM Ministry instills energy-efficient habits at the school level. This is implemented with the Energy Saving Contest (LHE) at Home and School, which is an energy-efficient competition intended for Junior High School and Senior High School students in order to change students' behavior to apply austerity measures or energy conservation in the home and school environment.
Rida added, energy saving programs in schools are done with steps that are quite simple. Such as turning off lights and other electrical appliances when not in use, unplugging electrical plugs if the equipment is turned off, and set the AC temperature in the room at 25C. These simple steps are known as the 3M Movement.
By establishing the habits to implement energy savings in schools, savings are also applied in the home environment by teachers and students, and are expected to grow energy-saving cultures wherever we are, especially at school and at home, "Rida said.
The competition which started from September to November 2016 was attended by 91 Schools, with details of Jabodetabek 30 schools, Bandung 20 schools, Surabaya 20 schools, and Denpasar 21 schools.
"This activity is designed with various forms of activities, namely training, challenges, visits to energy-efficient offices, and awards," lid Rida.