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The only source of energy I use in my home is Hydro Electric Power. It is the most common in Uganda today. Very expensive however but we don’t
have many options. One of the options is solar which is really expensive in
terms of initial set up costs.
Hydro Electric Power is relatively cheap in terms of initial costs of connection however it’s pretty expensive to maintain in the long run.
In my house I use “Energy Saving Bulbs” (15Watts) these save 80% of the power I use daily. I have no
control over the power consumption on my television, refrigerator or percolator.
My laptop is pretty much power efficient because I keep it in the power saving
mode even when I charging it. Of course I also use my flat iron every day – for
this I have a 1000watt flatiron.
I use all these equipments everyday but because hydro power remains very expensive I need alternative ways to power my house cheaply.
I have a couple of ideas:
Solar energy; considering the sun is a free
resource in Uganda and there most of the year. However I have to put in
consideration the cost of solar panel which like I said remain very expensive
in Uganda. This seems to be the only limitation. However I have to say that
this would have been a perfect choice.
Biogas; behind my house is a big septic tank.
Most of the houses in my neighborhood have a septic which act as a temporally or
permanent storage for sewage. From what I read about biogas I think we can use
these septic tanks “more” productively to facilitate power generation from the
sewage stored in them. To me this seems to be a more sustainable idea and could
be relatively cheaper if 5 or 6 families from the same neighborhood can put
resources together to contribute towards the costs for initial set up.
At the moment I think I will choose Biogas over Solar. I have to do a little bit of more research on this and would love to hear what you have to say about it.