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Inverter/UPS models and their energy efficiencies in India

By on April 22, 2016
Inverter/UPS models and their energy efficiencies in India
Twenty-four hour power supply is a rarity in India. There are very few places in the country that can boast of having continuous supply of power. All this has resulted in growth of Inverters, UPS and DG sets industry in India. Although there are many branded models of inverters/ups available in the country, there are many people who still go for cheap/unbranded models that can significantly increase electricity bills. The efficiency of inverters/ups is not even considered

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Solar Glossary – photovoltaic, panels, modules, cells, voltage, watt and current

By on April 26, 2018
Solar Glossary – photovoltaic, panels, modules, cells, voltage, watt and current
We have published several articles on our website that aim to help common people understand the basics on how to use solar photovoltaic at their homes and office. We have discussed on PV buying guide, solar panel prices, solar

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What is Energy Efficiency and how is it different from Energy Conservation?

By on April 27, 2016
What is Energy Efficiency and how is it different from Energy Conservation?
While interacting with people we get these statements quite frequently: “Bijli Bachao! So you tell people to use less electricity and conserve it?” or “Your website has ideas on how to buy appliances, how does that relate to saving electricity?” The easiest way to save energy (or electricity) is to use less of it, but we have to be realistic in our approach. Our lifestyles are changing, and with increased pace of development, our need for appliances is increasing

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Solar airconditioning: using sun’s energy when it most abundent and needed

By on April 22, 2016
Solar airconditioning: using sun’s energy when it most abundent and needed
Is solar energy sufficient to run air conditioners? If yes, how wonderful it would be to live in an air-conditioned place without bothering about the electricity bills! And the best thing: you use solar energy when it is most readily available and you need it the most. The question is however, can the AC run only on solar energy or does it need electricity as well. It depends on the technology and that has an impact on the cost of the AC. We at Bijli Bachao get this

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CESC Kolkata Electricity Bill Payment Online

By on May 3, 2015
Paying electricity bills online is the easiest way to avoid standing in queues for electricity bill payment. Most states in India now have online bill payment and utilities in Calcutta are not behind. CESC portal is the best way of making payments online in Kolkata. CESC Portal 

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What are Energy Performance Certificates or EPC

By on August 27, 2015
What are Energy Performance Certificates or EPC
Labels on products that provide information on their energy consumption is an extremely popular method to help consumers take decisions. In India, the five star labelling scheme is used primarily for the electrical appliances to provide information on electricity use (link). Interestingly, in most of the western countries, the concept of labelling is also applied on automobiles and even houses. What is Energy performance certificate

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What is an EPC or Energy performance contract in India

By on August 27, 2015
What is an EPC or Energy performance contract in India
If you are a customer who wishes to implement energy efficiency or renewable energy project but do not have in-house capacity or do not wish to take all the risk associated with the savings from such project, energy performance contracting is a useful tool. What is EPC? Energy Performance contracting is a service in which a customer can get a set energy efficiency projects implemented

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BEE star rating includes Indian Standards

By on August 25, 2015
BEE star rating includes Indian Standards
One of the common misconceptions that we hear of when we talk about BEE star rating is that BEE standards do not include Indian Standards. Many people believe that BEE has set its own standards and they are separate from IS or Indian Standards. But fortunately that is not true. Most appliances for which there is a standard set by BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards), BEE adopts these standards and additional specifications have been defined to set new BEE standards. In

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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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T5 fluorescent tube light fittings – options available in the market

By on April 26, 2018
T5 fluorescent tube light fittings – options available in the market
We at Bijli Bachao are big proponents of T5 fluorescent tubelights. Of all the lighting options that are available in the market currently, T5 tubes provide the best “bang for the buck” or value for money. Their output (brightness) per watts is much more than that of CFLs and they are quite cheap as compared to LED luminaires. On top of that they have decent life. Because of all these benefits, we have always been recommending using T5 tube lights to everyone.

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