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Upgrading energy saving standards shows results: BEE

According to reports, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), which upgraded its energy saving standards in January to ensure efficient consumption of electricity in air conditioners and refrigerators, have noticed encouraging results and is planning to bring in more appliances into the fold for better energy saving.

BEE, a statutory body under the central government’s power ministry had upgraded requirements for split air-conditioners, frost-free refrigerators, distribution transformers and tubelights.

Deepanshu Ahuja, project engineer BEE said, “Energy is critical for India, and the demand for clean and efficient energy devices is growing rapidly. We are happy that star labeling for air-conditioners has borne good results.” He added that at present India faces 10 per cent shortage in energy consumption and about 14 per cent in peak demand.

BEE has increased the threshold level for energy efficiency rating (EER) for the star level categorisation. From January the EER for the 1-star appliances has been increased to 2.5 from the earlier 2.3 and there has been an increase in EER of other appliances as well. He said the new gadgets will be put in the category of mandatory star ratings which will make it incumbent on those selling them to display star ratings for benefit of consumers.

To ensure proper implementation of energy saving standards, BEE has also tied up with Emerson Climate Technologies to train salesmen dealing with different gadgets at showrooms and to acquaint them with the rating and the savings consumers can make. An Emerson-BEE survey has shown that awareness among consumers in 2008 was only 12 per cent for star labeling which has now reached 85 per cent. As per the survey, consumers care about energy efficiency, price and brand. The survey also indicated that salesmen needed more education and sales tools to explain to the end user the concept of payback period.

Deepak Takkar, senior vice-president, Sales and General Manager — Cold Chain, Emerson Climate Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd, said, “Research shows that every watt of energy saved at consumption level results in four watts less energy produced, factoring in the generation and transmission and distribution losses.

The adoption of star rating in air-conditioners supports energy conservation and improvement of power efficiencies.” Copeland Scroll compressors have been introduced in the Indian residential AC market for the first time to provide optimum energy savings and comply with the highest star rating, he added.

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