In the average household, the biggest chunk of electricity bills is generated from daily appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners, and geysers. If an appliance is more than a decade old, it burdens the power consumption of the house much more than a new model will do. The answer to curtail this expense of electricity is energy-efficient appliances.
Energy efficient appliances are made with advanced technology so that they use less energy for the same output. Therefore, using them means electricity consumption is decreased and the monthly energy bills are light. Furthermore, when less energy is in demand, there is less pressure on power plants and fossil fuels like coal used in such plants are saved, which leads to a cut in the emission of CO2, the major greenhouse pollutant. The result, you smile because you save money, the planet smiles because it has lesser pollutants to deal with.
What else can you do?
Even while buying energy-efficient appliances, there are few checks you can do to ensure you are making the best deal. For example, look for the BEE label and the number of stars on it – more stars means higher energy efficiency. Second, choose the right size. Oversized appliances make unnecessary burdens on your electricity consumption and can be easily avoided. Third, remember that it pays to think long term. It is true that appliances that provide high energy efficiency can be expensive; however, the savings that they accrue over time will compensate you far more than the extra amount spent.
It also needs to be mentioned that apart from opting for efficient product, consciously developing a simple habit of switching off devices when not in use also contributes significantly towards saving electricity and in turn, money, not to forget the little reductions in carbon footprints which, if heeded by everyone, would go a long way in saving the planet.
According to a report titled, “Energy Efficient Products and Indian Consumers,” the Standards and Labelling (S&L) Programme launched by the government in 2006 has been beneficial towards increasing awareness about the pressing need of conserving energy which energy efficient appliances make easily possible. In the study conducted while making the report, it was revealed that about two-thirds consumers either know about such products or would consider them while making a purchase. Another heartening revelation was that the one-third part of consumers was willing to learn about energy conservation and energy-efficient appliances.
If these figures are anything to go by, a positive impact can definitely be expected if efforts are put in by stakeholders to educate more consumers as well traders about the benefits of energy-efficient appliances so that markets are also prepared to serve the demand as enthusiasm about such products increases.
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