VR is essentially a citizen engagement program facilitating a culture of energy conservation and energy efficiency through awareness, energy consumption assessments, customized recommendation to save primarily through behaviour change followed by switch to efficiency measures and overcoming key information barriers. The origin of the program was a pilot done in 2014 by TIDE in partnership with Social Venture Partners Bangalore chapter.
The consumption pattern of all the participants in studied and customized recommendations are made to each participant based on their own unique consumption and demand. Their consumption is tracked and we aim to study the influence on consumption through behavioral change and shift to energy efficient equipments. For the purpose of reinforcement and to keep the participants updated, reports are sent out to participants periodically.
A unique aspect of this program is the involvement of youth as STEWARDS; we train youth to carry out walk through electricity assessments and give recommendations for energy conservation. This has created livelihood skilling and income generation opportunity for deserving urban youth.
Vidyut Rakshaka is approved by BESCOM. TIDE worked with SVP Bangalore chapter for the pilot version of this program in offices; currently VR is supported by WRI India and Societe Generale Global Solution Center.
TIDE invites you to join the Vidyut Rakshaka program; Enrolling is easy and free, visit this link to sign up online: http://bit.ly/2dQFddY