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Guest Article: Using time switches as power saver for air conditioner and deep freezer

By on April 22, 2016
Guest Article: Using time switches as power saver for air conditioner and deep freezer
At Bijli Bachao our aim is to help people save electricity, and to do this, we not only provide tips to use appliances, but we also try to find new products/ideas/technologies that can help. In this process we keep meeting individuals/companies that are doing interesting work in this area. During one such meet recently, we met Mr Sudhir Shah from Mumbai, who till few years back was working as Electrical contractor for big companies, but then left that work to start

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Various Elements of Electricity Bills

By on January 20, 2014
Various Elements of Electricity Bills
Just like a blood test report shows health of a human body, electricity bills can show health of a setup that uses electricity. It is very important to understand the electricity bill before starting any energy saving project, as it can give indicators to the problems that exists in the system. At Bijli Bachao our aim is not just to provide you with tips to save electricity, but also to help you understand your electricity bill. The infographic below shows a sample

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Refrigerator Usage Tips

By on April 19, 2015
Refrigerator Usage Tips
Electricity consumption of refrigerator depends a lot on the way it is used. Although BEE star rating of refrigerator is done on the basis of annual electricity consumption, but the numbers on BEE star ratings are in test conditions. The actual electricity consumption depends on the usage of the refrigerator and can go up to double of what is mentioned on the BEE star rating, if the refrigerator is not used properly. The infographic below lists few key things that should be taken care of while using

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Economics of Ceiling Fans in India

By on April 29, 2015
Economics of Ceiling Fans in India
Super Efficient Fans are the newest electricity saving technology for ceiling fans in India. These Fans with brushless DC motors save more than 50% electricity on use and can have a payback in 6 months to about a year and half based on the price of electricity. In our previous articles we talked about BEEs Super Energy Efficient Appliance

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Latest Technologies that can help Save Electricity

By on January 21, 2014
Latest Technologies that can help Save Electricity
India of 21st Century is witnessing rapid changes in technology on various fronts. One of the areas that is changing rapidly is home appliances. With greater interest in energy efficiency and electricity savings, lots of new technologies have come in the market that can save significant amount of electricity without reducing the comfort levels. The infographic below lists the best technologies available in various home appliances that can help a home owners save electricity.

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Guest Article: Journey To Net Zero Energy Space

By on April 26, 2018
Guest Article: Journey To Net Zero Energy Space
We were leading a blissful life till last year, unaware of anything green or how much carbon footprint we had. I had put in an application to upgrade the load of my incoming electrical line from the Utility to take care of future air-conditioning requirements. The electrical utility (WBSEDCL in my case) upgraded us to a three phase line last year with a load of 8+ KVA and we were very happy unaware of the shock that 440v 3-phase line can bring upon us. We literally

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What are single phase and three phase connections and how to choose between the two?

By on November 30, 2019
What are single phase and three phase connections and how to choose between the two?
A few days back a friend asked: “My society is going for three phase connection, should I go for it? What impact will it have on my bills and also what is the benefit of using three phase connection?” He has 2 ACs and everything else that a regular upper middle class family would have in his house. His was a single-phase connection and everything was working fine. So the doubt about going for a three-phase connection was obvious. We suggested him to continue with

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Comparison of electricity bills for high consumption as on July 2013

By on May 7, 2015
Last week in our infographics section we published a post which had the comparison of electricity bills of Aam Aadmi in various states in India as on July 2013 (link: Aam Aadmi's Electricity Bill as on July 2013). This week we compare the electricity bills if the consumption is higher. As the electricity tariffs are set as per the consumption slab, this picture shows

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Aam Aadmi’s Electricity Bill as on July 2013

By on April 29, 2015
With rates of electricity rising almost every year since last few years, there is lot of buzz about how it impacts Aam Aadmi. Now rates for electricity are different in different states and most of it may dependent on various factors: Some states are power surplus states and thus the electricity tariffs may be lower. Some states are power deficient states and they have to buy electricity from other states and thus their tariffs may be higher. In some states the tariffs

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Electricity Bills and the tariff change confusion

By on December 7, 2019
Electricity Bills and the tariff change confusion
Electricity tariff changes happen almost every year. They are difficult both for the consumers as well as utility (distribution companies). For the utilities, generation of electricity bills become challenging due to varied tariffs for various dates. And for consumers, it becomes difficult to understand the tariff applicable to them. We started Bijli Bachao in early 2012 and one of the first things that we came out with was our electricity bill calculator. And it has

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