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Evaluation and comparison of Superfan, a BEE 5 star rated fan and regular fans

By on September 3, 2017
Evaluation and comparison of Superfan, a BEE 5 star rated fan and regular fans
Since we started Bijli Bachao, which was almost two years back, we have been experimenting with various appliances and measuring their electricity consumption. At our own home we measured electricity consumption of some of the appliances, replaced them with efficient options and estimated the impact post replacement. One of these is the ceiling fan. We were on regular fans about a year back, when we replaced them with BEE 5 star rated ceiling fans. And just 3 months

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What is BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) in India?

By on April 22, 2016
What is BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) in India?
We have been doing “Bijli Bachao” for a year now and this thought never crossed our mind that people may not know about BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) in India. While talking to someone recently we came across this question “what is BEE?” and we realized that this is something many in the country many not know about. Most people while buying appliances look at the star ratings but this knowledge of who is doing it is not very obvious. Although BEE (Bureau

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It is important to make right buying decision to save electricity

By on August 26, 2015
It is important to make right buying decision to save electricity
Technology is changing the face of the world. It is changing the way we do things and it simplifies our practical problems. In this age of technological improvements the number of gadgets that are available in market are increasing at a very fast pace. Owning a new gadget adds to the happiness quotient of many. Buying the latest technology or the biggest models makes many feel proud. But when the same increases the electricity bills, then there is a lot of heartburn.

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Split or Window which air conditioner should you buy?

By on May 1, 2017
Split or Window which air conditioner should you buy?
Should I buy a split air conditioner or a window air conditioner? This is a question that many air conditioner buyers thinks of, before making a purchase. And we keep getting this question quite regularly at Bijli Bachao. It is not just about split or window, but about a whole lot of things that should be considered while buying an air conditioner.  Air Conditioner is an appliance that can significantly blow up your electricity bills and utmost care should be taken

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BEE 5 Star Rated Ceiling Fans: Myths And Realities

By on September 3, 2017
BEE 5 Star Rated Ceiling Fans: Myths And Realities
When we were setting up our house and were looking for electrical appliances to buy, our contractor, who was working on the electrical work, told us not to buy BEE 5 star ceiling fans. The reason he gave us was that there was complaints that BEE 5 star rated ceiling fans do not give good air delivery. We looked around for some data and agreed to what he was saying and installed a regular ceiling fan. Three years later (last week) we decided to give them a try and got

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Replacing old or buying new, why a BEE 5 star rated refrigerator always makes sense

By on April 22, 2016
Replacing old or buying new, why a BEE 5 star rated refrigerator always makes sense
Since last few weeks we have started auditing some homes in Mumbai to get a feeling of different kind of appliances available in various homes and their consumption pattern. And one interesting fact that has come to our notice is that the refrigerators are the second biggest consumers of electricity in any home after air conditioners, that too if there is a significant use of air conditioners in that home. Else refrigerators are truly the biggest consumers. The observations

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Replace old inefficient air conditioners with BEE star rated air conditioners to save electricity

By on April 27, 2016
Replace old inefficient air conditioners with BEE star rated air conditioners to save electricity
Very recently, while interacting with some of the readers of Bijli Bachao, we came across a few people who were getting very high electricity bills and were concerned about it. On investigating more, we found out that they were using Air Conditioners that were more than 10-12 years old and hence were quite inefficient. We realized that a lot of people hold on to the old inefficient appliances worrying about the cost of buying new efficient appliances, but what they

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Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) – a scheme by BEE to promote energy efficient lighting

By on April 26, 2018
Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) – a scheme by BEE to promote energy efficient lighting
We all know that CFLs are great electricity savers and as compared to Incandescent bulbs they consume lot less energy and give out the same amount of light. But as compared to incandescent, CFLs are costly. The cost deters a lot of people from buying energy efficient CFL. To tackle this problem, BEE has launched a scheme called Bachat Lamp Yojna (BLY) to distribute quality long life CFLs in exchange of an incandescent lamp at Rs 15 to residential consumers. With this

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BEE Star Rating Program Explained

By on April 22, 2016
BEE Star Rating Program Explained
Today, when we go to purchase an electrical appliance for our house, the number of choices available exceeds our capacity to understand and evaluate them. We are heavily loaded with information on a large number of products. This may at times land us in purchasing something that might not be the best option for us. However, once purchased, they are going to stay in our house almost till the life of the appliance, say 8-10 years for

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Water Heater Thermostat: use it right to save electricity

By on April 22, 2016
Water Heater Thermostat: use it right to save electricity
Like air conditioning, heating of water can be very expensive affair if not done right. Any heating or cooling appliance takes a lot of electricity and maintaining it at right temperature can save a lot of electricity. Most water heaters are equipped with a thermostat (leaving the good old immersion rods), and using it right can make you comfortable and can keep your electricity bills lower. What is a Thermostat? Thermostat

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