The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Self Powered Eco-Switch for Homes

Published on August 1, 2016 um 12:56

Explain your idea in details:

The main objective of my idea is to encourage people to stop wasting energy and electricity in their homes. According to data from the Energy Savings Trust the average UK family wastes £86 per year just on keeping their TV on standby. Every year tonnes of energy is wasted by people leaving their electronic appliances, such as TVs or lights, on when they go out. This ultimately means that more electricity is wasted and more fossil fuels have to be burnt, unnecessarily. Therefore my idea is that, in each home, there would be a master key, which when turned would turn off, automatically, all electronic devices within the household (with the obvious exceptions, such as your fridge and freezer). It would essentially work through a series of relay circuits connected to the master circuit. In order to encourage people to install these master keys I envision that the government would allow some tax relief upon their purchase and that the government would also advertise the economic benefits - household bills (such as heating and electricity) would decrease in cost rapidly.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

I believe that this approach of installing an eco-friendly switch works towards the idea of sustainable development as it would mean that less electricity would have to be generated, resulting in fewer of our already rapidly diminishing fossil fuels having to be burnt and therefore giving us more time to research into viable methods of generating electricity through renewable means. Furthermore, it would help sustainable development as because fewer fossil fuels would have to be burnt fewer greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide would be released into the atmosphere, meaning that the rate at which climate change would occur decreases and so we have more time to encourage sustainable development before it is too late. Methods by which I believe that we could evaluate the project's success would be by seeing how much the average UK consumer's electricity bills have decreased and by reviewing how much energy large cities, like London, are wasting compared to prior years. If there is a significant decrease (of about 20-30%) then I believe that the initiative could be argued to be a success.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

My first idea for a financing source would be to get a collection of investors, such as the government and large companies who are eager to publicise that they are encouraging sustainable development.  I think that it would be smart to collaborate with a large technical software giant, such as Samsung or even Toshiba, so that we could subsidies the costs to build the switches in return for them receiving good publicity. I believe that the price of the switch and its installation costs would be around £350 pounds, and all profits would go to organisations that are campaigning to save the environment, such as Greenpeace. We would build, supply and install the switches.

Your profile

My name is Matthew D'Costa and I'm a 16 year old British Indian. My parents are both from India and they moved to the UK in the early 1990s. I am on the executive board of my local youth council and I have helped introduce a number of initiatives such as giving non perishable food, once a month, to the homeless. The motivation behind my success in my local community, especially that of helping the youth, comes from the horrors that I saw as a 9 year old in Mumbai, India. The sights of unwashed, barefoot, children begging on the streets of Mumbai, was horrible. The injustice I saw, as people walked past these poor unfortunate souls, without a care in the world compelled me to swear that I would do everything I could to change the world I see before me.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage

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August 8, 2016 17:52

Nice one. Keeping electrical appliances switched-on at midnight/bedtime also lead to fire outbreaks and eventually death of occupants. In countries of epileptic power supply, the power goes of and when it returns, it returns with a very high voltage which result to sparking explosion and fire from the electrical circuits and appliances. Your idea, eco switch will put to check and reduce such incidences. Those in bigger home may not be able to go around switching off each circuit. A central/master circuit, just one switched controls all circuits great!. Best of luck. I have also voted it.(Vote 9)

August 4, 2016 17:36
August 4, 2016 17:34

A good initiative. Energy wasting through this form has been and still a global concern. The solution still boils to creating awareness for responsible action. Great that you reason like this and I do wish you all the best of luck with your idea.

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August 1, 2016 13:12

I really think my idea could help change the world and save future generations. We need to start thinking about the future and more importantly methods by which we can put a stop to climate change and therefore I would really appreciate it if you'd read and vote for my idea.Also I would be happy if you support my idea with comments and votes!