FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING ELECTRICAL GLOVES

By Monica Ngage

Every day we wake up and go on with our daily hustles. Whether you are self-employed or employed; if not that you could be doing your daily chores in the house. But are we aware of the potential hazards that we expose ourselves to while executing our duties? Are there any precautionary measures in place to mitigate such risks?

You will agree with me that these measures exist but more often than not we tend to overlook them. Take for example an electrician, every day they risk getting shocks and burns from live wires; but this can be mitigated by use of electrical gloves.

Electrical gloves are used when working with high and low voltage applications to protect workers from shock, burns fires and explosions. To maximize their efficiency, they should be worn in threes; in the following order:

  1. Liner gloves-these are the normal gloves that we put on during the cold seasons. They reduce the discomfort of wearing rubber insulating gloves. Liners provide warmth in cold weather and absorb perspiration in the warm months. They can have a straight cuff or knit wrist.
  2. Electrical gloves-This is worn on top of the liner and are meant to protect the electrician from burns, shocks and explosions.
  3. Leather protector-they are worn over the electrical gloves to protect the gloves from swelling, tears, burns etc.It is important to note that the leather protector should always be shorter than the electrical gloves as shown on the diagram below

Electrical gloves are classified into two major classes:

a) Depending on the voltage that they can handle; the classes are shown in the table below:

ASTM D120 Class Specifications for Insulating Rubber Gloves
Class Chart Proof Test Voltage Max Use Voltage Label
Class 00 2,500 AC/10,000 DC 500 AC/750 DC Beige
Class 0 5,000 AC/20,000 DC 1,000 AC/1,500 DC Red
Class 1 10,000 AC/40,000 DC 7,500 AC/11,250 DC White
Class 2 20,000 AC/50,000 DC 17,000 AC/25,500 DC Yellow
Class 3 30,000 AC/60,000 DC 26,500 AC/39,750 DC Green
Class 4 40,000 AC/70,000 DC 36,000 AC/54,000 DC Orange

b) Depending on environmental factors they are resistant to; based on this, the classes are as follows:

  1. A – Acid
  2. H – Oil
  3. Z – O-Zone
  4. R – Acid, Oil and O-Zone
  5. C – Very Low Temperatures

Rubber is susceptible to the effects of the ozone, which can cause cracking and compromise the integrity of the glove. Ozone cutting/checking is a series of interlacing cracks produced by the action of ozone on rubber under mechanical stress. If the gloves are used in an environment where the levels of ozone are high due to pollution, ozone resistance is critical.

Once the electrical safety gloves have been purchased, OSHA requires that “protective equipment be maintained in a safe, reliable condition.” This requires that the gloves be inspected for any damage before each day’s use. Gloves must also be inspected immediately following any incident suspected to have caused damage. OSHA also requires that insulating gloves be given an air test along with the inspection.

In addition to the daily inspection, OSHA requires electrical safety equipment to be tested regularly. Rubber insulating gloves must be tested before first issue and every six months thereafter. They should be inspected for tears, holes, ozone cuts, swelling which is generally caused by chemical contaminants and any other defect. The testing is supposed to be done by OSHA accredited labs. If the insulating gloves have been electrically tested but not issued for service, they may not be placed into service unless they have been electrically tested within the previous 12 months.

To help ensure the integrity of the gloves and worker safety, gloves need to be stored properly when not in use. Proper storage means that gloves must not be folded and need to be kept out of excessive heat, sunlight, humidity, ozone and any chemical or substance that could damage the rubber.

DO’S & DON’TS

DO:

  • Follow company work procedures and safety rules
  • Inspect gloves daily for damage
  • Wear proper leather protectors over rubber gloves
  • Wash gloves with mild soap and rinse thoroughly with water
  • Let gloves air dry at room temperature or less than 120° F (49° C)
  • Store gloves in a protective bag

DON’T:

  • Wear jewelry or sharp objects when using rubber gloves
  • Wear damaged gloves
  • Store gloves inside out, folded, or ways causing stretching or compression
  • Store gloves near sources of UV, Ozone or heat
  • Allow gloves to contact petroleum-based products (oil, gas, solvent, hand creams)

Source:

https://www.grainger.com/content/qt-electrical-safety-gloves-inspection

https://www.magidglove.com/electrical-gloves-buying-guide.aspx

https://www.grainger.com/know-how/safety/ppe-in-the-workplace/hand-protection/kh-electrical-gloves-5-things-to-know

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All You Need To Know About Protective Footwear

By Ruth Carol Atieno

Our feet need proper protection at all times. The type of footwear will vary depending on our environment and the type of work we are doing. Protective footwear is to be worn at all times in the event of the following conditions:

  • When riding motorcycles
  • Walking on a very rocky area for instance mountain climbing
  • If there are heavy, rolling objects for instance barrels or tools
  • Objects are prone to falling
  • Environments with sharp objects that can easily pierce through the the sole of a shoe
  • Areas prone to splashing hot and cold liquids
  • Areas with hazardous chemicals that can splash onto feet or the floor
  • Slippery surfaces
  • An area with exposure to high temperatures or explosions
  • When working with electricity

Factors To Consider When Buying Protective Footwear

  • Shoe size – when picking the footwear it is advisable not to pick a smaller size or a larger size. Your feet should fit in perfectly well and leave a small allowance inside the shoe.
  • Material – The material that the shoe is made of will determine weather it will withstand the hazardous conditions it is exposed to.
  • Durability – Ensure you buy strong and durable shoes that will take you a long way.
  • Work environment – Your work environment is a very important factor to consider when choosing a footwear. Ensure the selected footwear is appropriate for your work environment.

Types Of Protective Footwear

Foundry Boots

These kind of safety footwear will protect your feet from the extreme heat of molten metal. foundry boots also prevent hot metal from lodging on any part of the shoe.

Metatarsal Guards

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These are strapped outside the shoe to protect the inside area of the shoe from getting crushed by heavy objects.

Waterproof Boots

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When working in a wet environment it is advisable to have on waterproof boots to keep your feet dry and comfortable.

Toe Guards

These are fitted at the ends of a regular shoe to prevent toe injuries.

Slip Resistant Boots

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These category of boots are worn when working in areas with slippery, wet or oily floors. Prevents you from slipping and falling.

Electrically Conductive Boots

when working in areas such as explosives manufacturing facilities or grain elevators, you must have on electrically conductive boots as they will reduce the risk of static electricity build up on your body.

Electrical Hazard Boots

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These boots are non-conductors of electricity and therefore they prevent the feet from completing an electrical circuit with the ground. They also protect the feet from open circuits of up to 600V.

HOW TO ACHIEVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN HOSPITALS

By Ruth Carol Atieno

Hospitals operate 24 hours a day and therefore they need a full time supply of electricity through out. This for sure contributes to huge electricity bills. The good news is that something can be done about this, factoring in energy efficiency measures in hospitals.

However, the journey towards having an energy efficient hospital will require lots of research, planning, patience and persistence.

Understanding The Hospital’s Energy Consumption Patterns

The very first step towards having an energy efficient hospital is understanding the hospitals energy use. Identifying when it operates most on electricity, which areas consume most of the electricity supplied etc. This can be possible by employing an energy auditor to do a complete analysis of the hospitals energy consumption patterns.

Eenovators Limited is the leading energy consultancy firm in Kenya and is in the best position to conduct energy audits and help in the implementation of the solutions and findings. They will walk with you all through the energy efficiency journey and help you achieve a totally energy efficient hospital.

Clean Power Generating Plants

A hospital with a large compound could consider constructing clean power generating plants. For instance a bio-gas plant can be used in the production of Methane gas. This measure is also a plus to the environment as it is environmental friendly.

Solar Energy

Solar energy is a low hanging fruit and for sure all hospitals should tap into it. Imagine having a hospital that operates fully on energy from the sun. Going off grid is a dream that can be achieved.

Solar energy can be used in lighting, heating and powering equipment.

Proper Lighting Measures

Considering the activities that take place in a hospital, lighting is very important. Well, then the bulbs should fall in the three categories of energy efficient bulbs, Halogen Incandescent Lights, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) and Light Emitting Diodes (LED). Old bulbs should also be replaced with new ones.

Another factor to consider is removing excess lights from vending machines. Vending machines with lots of unnecessary lighting will only contribute to a huge electricity bill at the end of each month.

The use of natural light especially in corridors is also on of the stepping stones towards an energy efficient hospital.

Controlling Heating And Cooling

Proper ventilation is key in a hospital. And this is also an area where energy efficient measures can be incorporated.

Hospitals can consider lowering the cooling and heating processes in area with no occupancy or usage. They can also set thermostats to seasonal changes.

Installation of air curtain systems will also help a hospital achieve energy efficiency.

Air filters and condenser coils should be cleaned regularly because they will not operate correctly when clogged with dust or soot.

Energy Efficient Equipment

The equipment in a hospital tend to be the greatest contributor to huge electricity bill and they are so many. Switching to energy efficient ones will save greatly the electricity supplied to a hospital.

Old equipment should also be replaced with news ones. And ensure all the equipment are functioning as they should.

Equipment should also be turned off when not in use. To avoid unnecessary energy consumption.

Energy Efficient Buildings

Hospital buildings should also be designed in a manner that energy efficiency can be achieved. For instance, building a hospital with large windows to allow in natural light during the day.

Incorporating energy conservation measures when building will also help the hospital achieve energy efficiency.

Creating Energy Efficiency Awareness

Educating the hospital staff and patients on simple energy efficiency measures is also very important as it will keep them in their best energy efficiency behavior.

If hospitals incorporate these measures in their operations, the energy consumption rates will go down and the bills will not be as they were before. A reduction in the energy bills will affect the hospitals pricing and the money saved can be used in developing the hospital or funding its projects.

An energy efficient hospital will improve on the comfort of the staff and patients.

There will also be reduces carbon emissions and any other pollutants into the environment.

A Sneak Peek Into The ‘Use Of Energy Audit Equipment’

By Karen Thuranira

Training is a very powerful tool to fuel the growth of any organization. Eenovators has trained over 500 professionals in the energy industry. 

In November last year, two of Eenovators consultants; Chris Mbori and Eng. Jabes Manyala landed in Entebbe Uganda on an exciting Friday evening, they knew they wanted to change the lives of a few sons and daughters of Uganda by doing what they do best; Energy Training!

What was the training about?

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (PREEEP) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) had previously supported the training of 35 Certified Energy Auditors in Uganda through its implementing agency, Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD).

GIZ-PREEEP identified lack of appropriate energy audit equipment as an obstacle to the capability of the auditors to offer professional audit services. They therefore went a step further and procured the necessary initial set of equipment and engaged Eenovators Limited to conduct energy audit equipment use for the auditors.

Who was trained?

The 35 Certified Energy Auditors (CEMs) were trained on the basic theory of the equipment applications and deployment then practical training conducted at two sites which had been arranged by GIZ.

The CEMs got a chance to use the various energy audit equipment, download measured data and analyze it using software for each equipment as applicable. They also learnt many soft skills such as the safety precautions required during energy audit, equipment use in order to assure safety of both equipment and personnel. They learnt skills required to identify different challenges in the field and how to find solutions using step by step analysis to arrive at the best options.

The equipment used for the training included;

  • Fluke Power Quality and Energy Analyzer Model 435-11
  • Fluke Power and Energy Logger Model 1736
  • Fluke Clamp Meter Model 376
  • Light Meter Model Extech AE 33
  • Greyline Ultrasonic Flow Meter Model TTFM-1.0
  • Moisture Meter Model Extech MO 260
  • Non-Contact Tachometer Model Extech 461825
  • Relative Humidity and Temperature Meter Model Extech RH 300
  • Ultrasonic Leak Detector Model I Leak 200
  • Flue Gas Analyzer Model TESTO 330-11 LL
  • Fluke Infrared Thermometer Model 572-2
  • Fluke Infrared Camera Tis 75

Benefit of the training

The main objective of this training was to train energy consultants on the use of energy audit equipment.  However, the participants benefited in the following ways as well;

  • They were able to clearly identify and classify the various types of energy audit equipment and other accessories
  • They gained a clear understanding of when and where to use the various energy audit tools
  • They acquired skills to enable them install, use, maintain and troubleshoot the various energy audit equipment
  • They were equipped with technical analytical skills based on data from the audit equipment.
  • They were equipped with technical report writing skills based on the data from energy audit equipment.
  • The trainers did an overview of health and safety in energy auditing, introduced the CEMs to energy auditing methodology and energy auditing instrumentation and measurements.

Participant Feedback from the Training

After the training was concluded, feedback from participants was collected and merged with the trainers’ observations. Below is a summary of the feedback;

1. There was information overload due to the many audit instruments participants had to learn how to use within a very short time. To avoid this, training can be conducted on related instrument clusters such as:

  • Power Quality instruments, Loggers and Clamp MetersThermal Imagers and Infrared
  • Thermometers, Flue Gas Testers
  • Ultrasonic Flow Meters and Ultrasonic Leak Detectors, etc.

2. A training on Data collection, data analysis and report writing should follow the audit equipment training as it’s an area of interest as well.

3. The surest way to understand how to use the large array of energy audit equipment is to deploy it practically. It is not enough just to go through the theory sessions only.

4. A better way to conduct energy audit equipment training programs is to first focus on specific areas of energy audits, for instance;

  • compressors and compressed air systems
  • Boilers and steam systems
  • Renewable energy systems (Solar PV, Solar water, etc.)

Studies have shown that the most successful organizations have attributed their success to employee training. Training is the sure key to unlock an employee’s potential, improve on their skills and give them the confidence to make a difference. This in turn, leads to great success for both the employee and the organization. 

POWER AND ENERGY LOGGER REVIEW – PEL 103

By Ruth Carol Atieno

The Power and Energy Logger (PEL 103) is used for data logging for most 50 Hz, 60 Hz, 400 Hz and DC distribution systems, with many connection possibilities. It is designed to work in 1000 V CAT III and 600 V CAT IV environments.

It has other specifications and I will discuss each of them in detail.

Easy Mounting

The PEL 103 has magnets at the back which makes it easy to mount it on the distribution board to be measured. It can therefore be placed away from the cables for easy access and visibility.

Memory Capacity

The PEL 103 works well with FAT32 formatted SDHC cards of up to 32GB in size. It is also recommended to do the recording using the categories below;

  • One week when the recording includes the aggregated values, 1-second data and harmonics.
  • One month when the recording includes the aggregated values and 1-second data but not the harmonics.
  • One year when the recording contains only the aggregated values.

Communication

It provides four communication options. USB, LAN and Bluetooth.

Communicating remotely with the PEL 103 using an Ethernet connection makes it easier and quicker to send a client important feedback when needed rather than having the device at hand. This is a time saver as the data recorded by the PEL 103 will be readily available from a computer and no time is spent travelling to and from sites to retrieve data.

The Bluetooth feature will enable you to connect it wireless to a smartphone or tablet. You can therefore set up, monitor and retrieve recorded data from the device without being attached to it physically.

BATTERY

The PEL 103 also comes with a rechargeable NiMH battery with the following specifications;

  • Long battery charge life for a limited volume and weight.
  • The battery can be recharged even when it has not fully discharged.
  • An environmentally friendly battery.

LCD Display

The bright blue triple LCD display also provides visuals for a variety of parameters such as Voltages, Power, Currents, Energy etc.

Measurement Factor

Looking at the measurement factor, the PEL 103 offers the following;

  • Direct current measurements from 50mA up to 10,000A with MA193 external current sensors
  • Power measurements: VA, W and var
  • Energy measurements VAh, Wh (source/load indication) and varh (including quadrant indication)
  • Power Factor (PF), Cos (Φ), and Tan (Φ), Crest Factor, Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) for voltages and currents
  • Harmonics from the fundamental signal up to the 50th order for 50/60Hz voltages and currents
  • Frequency measurements
  • RMS and DC measurements @ 128 samples/cycle – each phase simultaneously

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THE USE OF SOLAR ENERGY IN LEARNING INSTITUTIONS

By David Mbori

I recently read about a firm dealing in fabrication of plastics saving up to Kshs 2.5M a month on electricity bills after installing one of the largest rooftop photo voltaic solar system in the country. The saving derived is about 15% to 20% of their total electricity cost. This clearly shows there is a big potential in energy cost saving by switching to solar.

Apart from the manufacturing sector, I believe our learning institutions stand to immensely benefit from energy savings if they can adopt the use of solar energy. Some of the benefit include the following-:

  • Reduction of electricity bill
  • Diverse application
  • Low maintenance cost of solar appliances
  • Technology development

Besides the above benefits, the use of solar energy will enable these learning institutions to run on clean energy, combat greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. It will also reduce dependence on out sourced fossil fuels and promote renewable energy use in surrounding areas. Solar is safe alternative which can replace current fossils like gas, firewood, coal etc.

Some facts about solar energy include-

  • Most abundant source (especially here in our country).
  • Cost of solar panels have fallen in recent years.
  • Solar energy is cheaper than other fossil fuels
  • Once installed the installations can last for 40 years and above with minimal maintenance cost.

Learning Institutions can be excellent application to solar energy also due to high water usage, favorable siting conditions and their strong internal facilities departments. These facilities can also explore grants and other funding channels to reap external benefit of renewable energy in education setting.

Another area where the solar energy is ideal is in the learning institutions is in the supply of water. i.e. use of solar water pumping. The photovoltaic array converts the energy into electricity which is used to power the motor pump set. The pumping system can draw water the source river, open well, borehole, pond etc. This system however, requires a shadow free area for installation of the solar panels.

We at Eenovators are anxious to partner with one or two learning institution to launch one solar project as a pilot scheme. I believe with proper planning and execution the envisaged project will succeed. This success can be replicated to other learning institutions across the region and the impact will be phenomenal! 


HOW TO CONSERVE ENERGY IN SCHOOLS

By Ruth Carol Atieno

Students tend to spend most of their daytime hours in schools studying and while at it they make use of the school’s resources such as electricity. Teaching them how to conserve energy while in school will be of a greater benefit to the school’s resources.

It is high time we took it upon ourselves to equip the young and even elder learners with the skills to conserve energy while undertaking their studies. So let us get straight into ways in which energy efficiency can be achieved in schools.

Designing The School With Energy Efficiency In Mind

You should have energy efficiency in mind from the building stage of a school. Factor in energy efficiency measures such as having classrooms with big windows which will allow in natural light during the day.

Also having the roof built in a design that will allow for installation of solar panels which can be used to power the school’s electronics and even for lighting purposes.

While doing the roofing you could also consider having skylight roof installed in the classrooms.

Ensure the buildings are well insulated, have a well designed and maintained ventilation system to draw in fresh outside air.

Switch From Desktops To Laptops

Many schools still use the old desktops in the offices, classrooms and even computer labs. Switching to laptops will make a huge difference as they use less energy as compared to desktop computers. In a year, a laptop can consume 85% less energy as compared a desktop computer.

Buy Energy Efficient Appliances

You can save a lot of money by simply shopping for energy efficient appliances. A lot of printing goes on in a school and getting an energy efficient printer will make a huge impact in the reduction of energy consumption.

Switch To Energy Efficient Lighting

Lighting alone can cost you a fortune if you are not careful what kind of bulbs you are using in a school. Switching to LED will save you up to 80% the lighting electricity bill. The lifespan of an LED bulb is also longer which means the maintenance cost will also be reduced.

The students and all the staff in a school should also be reminded always to switch of the lights when not in use. Or rather, install motion sensors that will trigger the lights to switch on only when there is someone in the room or sidewalk.

Regulate Heating Processes

Heating alone consumes a lot of energy and when not regulated properly you might end up paying very huge electricity bills. You can start by always turning off heating systems during the night or reducing them to operate at a low level.

The buildings should also be well insulated to reduce loss of heat.

Programmable Thermostat

Install programmable thermostats in places such as the cafeteria to minimize the cooling and heating systems depending on the occupancy of the area.

Service Old Appliance

Ensure all appliances are well maintained and serviced regularly. Especially refrigerators, the coils should be cleaned regularly.

Conduct An Energy Audit

Conducting an energy audit will help you identify which areas in your school contribute most to the huge electricity bill. Then get solutions to each of them. Eenovators Limited are the go to people on this matter. They conduct the best and successful energy audits.

Putting these energy efficiency measures into practice will not interfere with the comfort of the students or staff, but will improve their condition. This will save your school a worthwhile. Funds saved can be put into extra curriculum activities or help push through with the projects that a school might have.

The ball is in your cot!! The time to take action is now!!!

Best Head Protective Gears

By Ruth Carol Atieno

The skull is one very important part of the body because it protects the brain from any external shocks. And for us to ensure more protection, depending on our location or activity at any given time, we must have on our heads extra protective gears. For those of us who visit construction sites, cycle, ride motorbikes, are rock climbers etc.

In this blog I will talk about various activities, locations and what kind of protective head gears are best suited for each.

Bump Caps

Bump caps are best suited for electricians, those of us visiting construction sites etc. It has the capability to protect your head from any impact or external shocks.

Apart from it’s protective features, the design also looks really nice and eye catching.

Hard Hats

Hard hats are know by many. They are very popular and you would not miss one in a construction area. They are very suitable in a construction environment or any site that is prone to head injuries.

Motorbike Helmets

For the lovers of speed bikes, sport bikes or generally motorbikes a helmet is a necessity. To avoid severe injuries of the head, wearing a helmet is key. Not only the riders but also the pillion.

A motorcycle is way too open to ride on it without any protective gears. In this category, there is a variety of helmets, even fancy ones. It’s all on you to pick how you want to safely rock your motorbike.

Firefighter Helmets

A building on fire will be reduced to small pieces and often there will be things falling off. This is why firefighters always have their firefighter helmets on, to protect their skulls from falling blocks or stones and also from the high temperatures.

Baby Head Guard

Well we must also factor in the young ones in this head protection topic. A baby is not always aware of what risk he/she might be putting him/herself into. And therefore a baby head guard is very important.

They might bump their heads during a fall or even while crawling hit their heads on a furniture.

A baby’s skull is still in a developmental stage and therefore might not be able to protect the brain from even the slightest impact.

Bicycle Helmet

For the workout lovers or cyclists in general, bicycle helmets come in handy as a fall might occur. The helmet will reduce the dangers of an impact on the head.

There are various designs and one can find cool or fancy helmets. Rocking your cycling in style huh!?

Children learning how to cycle also must have bicycle helmets for children on as they are prone to falls.

Rock Climbing Helmets

Adventure is fun I must agree, but while at it ensure you are well protected and out of danger. For the lovers of heights, protecting the head is very important and this is where rock climbing helmets come in.

You will have reduced the risks that might occur in the event of a fall or a head bump.

 

HOW TO BE ENERGY EFFICIENT DURING A VACATION

By Ruth Carol Atieno

Planning early will allow you that mind and body relaxing vacation that you have been dreaming about. How about for a change, you target an energy efficient vacation? Saving your body’s energy and also in the long run saving electricity.

First things first, how about I show you how to make your home energy efficient before leaving for a vacation? Well, let’s dive right into it.

Switch Off All The Lights

Another way to ensure you are leaving behind an energy efficient home is by switching off all the lights. There is no need to leave the lights on as no one will be using them and leaving them on will only result to a huge electricity bill once you are back from your vacation.

Although if you are planning on having the lights on for security purposes, you can consider installing smart lighting options that can be set to a certain lighting schedule. This is to avoid having the lights on even during the day.

Unplug Electronics

Before leaving, ensure no appliance will be using unnecessary energy or will be doing unnecessary work. Devices such as television, computers, laptops, washing machines etc should not be left plugged in as some of them even on sleep mode, still use electricity.

Set Thermostat To Away Mode

A smart thermostat has the options of away mode or Eco mode. And therefore if you are leaving your house for a while it is advisable to have it set to one of the above modes to have your home at energy efficient temperatures.

Keep Your Refrigerator Full

A refrigerator uses less energy when full as compared to when there is some space inside.

Do Not Forget About The Water Heater

If you are using an electric water heater then it is advisable you have it turned off or setting it to vacation mode before leaving for vacation. This will reduce the energy consumption rate of the appliance and it will not continually heat water since no one is home.

Now how can you achieve energy efficiency while on vacation?

Carry Tools

I know you must be wondering why would you carry tools yet a vacation is meant for relaxation. But hold on a second, you might need to repair some holes and gaps. Having your own tools for this will not only save your pocket but also save energy especially during cold seasons as you might have to repair holes, leaks, vents etc. Making the room warmer without spending money or using energy.

Use Energy Efficient Lighting

Carry LED, halogen incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps for lighting purposes as these appliances consume very little energy, lasts longer than other inefficient lighting appliances and have even brighter lighting.

Carry Air Filters

This will come in handy in the instance of clogged air filters, as they will reduce the HVAC system’s efficiency, requiring the units to work harder. This will ensure you don’t spend your vacation time cleaning a filter.

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TRAINING SURVEY

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Efficient use of resources is necessary for the continuous survival of the human race, but to get there, continuous learning is even more necessary. It is heart-warming to study the results of this survey as what stands out most is
that energy professionals have taken ownership of their own personal development where two-thirds of respondents fund their training needs themselves.

Professionals qualify from institutions that are formed and shaped by similar principles and practices around the world. Most qualifications carry more or less much the same value when compared with each other. To be successful in career and life, survival of the fittest comes into play.

Energy engineering professionals that actively develop an array of soft skills, business skills, together with advancing and keeping their technical skills current will elevate themselves above their peers through continuous learning.

This survey has highlighted that energy professionals self-recognize these requirements, attesting to the preference of international certification programs being sought-after due to the continuous learning requirements to maintain certification.

A concern is the lack of corporate dedication to nurture the skills of their professionals, which could be ascribed to Kenya not having a requirement of and energy management system,where corporates have to conform to continuous
education in energy.

If all professionals in the engineering field actively pursue developing holistic skills sets, the world will experience unimaginable progress and technological advancement to solve the global environmental challenges.