Nowadays, sustainable livelihood is a theme that is discussed and deliberated across the globe, but very few people walk the talk when it comes to following it.
D. Suresh based out in Chennai, India aged 71 years is an IIT and IIM graduate is someone who follows it threadbare. He had been working in textile marketing under various capacities as CEO and MD. He is also an entrepreneur and founder of SAKS Ancillaries Ltd.
Building a self-sufficient home
The septuagenarian is of a strong view that self-sufficient solutions are the only way ahead than expecting the government do everything for us. The idea of building a self-sustaining home came up 20 years ago during his visit to Germany. In Germany, he observed that every household had solar modules for power generation where sunshine is less compared to India.
The visit to Germany had planted seeds in him to built a sustainable home in India. In the initial days, he finds it difficult to get vendors for installing a rooftop solar power system later he got it installed from a local player. He installed his 1 KWA solar power unit in June 2012 to generate solar electricity. In April 2015, he enhanced the capacity to 3kw that is sufficient to power 11 fans, 25 lights, a refrigerator, two computers, a water pump, two televisions, a mixer grinder, a washing machine and inverter AC. In the last four years, he has not faced any power cuts living in Chennai city when everybody around there is facing power cuts frequently.
Rain harvesting solutions
Twenty years ago he had installed a rain harvesting apparatus at home, because of this solution, he has been fed with an ample supply of water when others have been facing a severe shortage of water supply in the city.
The greenery around the house
His house is now completely covered with greenery after he had planted thick bamboo and creepers, though his house is in the hustle and bustle of the city while at home he feels being in a forest. If you are living in a house where plants are around, it will help to reduce the heat and make the place filled with fresh air. In his terrace, he also has a garden with 15 to 20 varieties of vegetables grown organically.
Spreading the idea
The idea he nurtured for the last twenty years has helped him to save a lot of money and energy. As a veteran, he has been regularly assisting others to install solar power solutions across many places in India. Many institutions today calls him to speak on his initiatives to get the message across very loud and clear.
Perhaps his real-life experiences would send a message that sustainable lively hood measures are going to be a new standard in the world where natural resources are getting very scarce.
By Prakash KR
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