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Higher efficiency standards could save Rs.1,000 crore

Em News Bureau ,  Friday, July 20, 2012, 16:36 Hrs  [IST]

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a statutory body under the Union power ministry, has upgraded the requirements for star rating of split type room airconditioners. This legislation came into effect in January this year and raised the energy efficiency standards by about 8 per cent for split airconditioners for the same rating band. This revision in standards could help in achieving savings of Rs.1,000 crore by December 2013, according to Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, BEE.

To further empower consumers, a mobile-phone based application called "AC Power Saver" has been developed that enables consumers to calculate energy consumption and savings right on their mobile devices. This application, developed by BEE in collaboration with Emerson Climate Technologies, will be available for Android, Blackberry and iPhone users free of charge. BEE also is also planning to provide touch screen kiosks replicating the "AC Power Saver" calculations, at a few designated showrooms across India. These tools will help consumers calculate the expected annual electricity bills and the potential savings. Users can get an idea about their savings on their electricity bills if they buy higher star rating air conditioners. A dedicated website, www.SaveEnergy.co.in, has been created with all necessary information including the energy calculator.

Emerson Climate Technologies and International Copper Promotion Council (India) continue to support BEE?s national education program on star labeling for air conditioners that educate consumers to use higher energy efficient products.
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