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

By on January 31, 2020
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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Power Saver Devices for Air Conditioners

By on January 31, 2020
Power Saver Devices for Air Conditioners
One of the frequently asked question that we get on our website is: “Is there something that I can put on my Air Conditioner that can reduce its electricity consumption? There are power savers available for Air Conditioners in the market, are they genuine and is it legal to use them?” There are multiple types of power saver devices available in the market, and it is very important to figure out if you need one and if you do, which is the right one. Most of these

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Things that impact electricity consumption in air conditioners

By on April 27, 2016
Things that impact electricity consumption in air conditioners
It’s peak summer, and one thing that worries most people is: electricity consumption by air conditioners. No wonder, while buying air conditioner, people look for the most energy efficient ones, as air conditioners can bloat the electricity bills quite easily.  Although buying an efficient AC does help, there are more things that impact electricity consumption of an air conditioner while one uses it. While going through an interesting research paper on IIT Madras

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What is the difference between solar inverter and regular power inverter?

By on April 22, 2016
What is the difference between solar inverter and regular power inverter?
Power inverters or home UPS have been in use in India since quite some time. Thanks to frequent power cuts, home UPS or power inverter industry has done well in India. But with increasing interest in solar power and solar panels many people are thinking of using Solar Power to charge the batteries to save electricity drawn from the grid. Having heard of solar inverter, many people wonder if their existing inverter system is useful or not. In past, we at Bijli Bachao

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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 Lantern with LED bulbs ideal for emergency lights during power cuts

By on April 26, 2018
Solar Lantern with LED bulbs ideal for emergency lights during power cuts
Power cuts is not a recent phenomenon but something that we have been seeing for many years in our country. There are many places in the country that receive electricity only for a few hours in a day, and then there are some that do not get electricity at all. In many parts of the country, kerosene is still used as fuel to generate light during emergency. Burning of kerosene not only causes air pollution but also has potential to cause a lot of disastrous health effects.

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Concealed Electrical House Wiring: Things to take care of to save electricity

By on April 22, 2016
Concealed Electrical House Wiring: Things to take care of to save electricity
No one likes wires dangling from here and there in their house. It makes a house look messy and thus people try all ways to hide them. Even the architects and interior decorators try and suggest various ways to hide them. Recently we visited a friend’s house and observed that there was no single wire visible in the house. All the wiring was done so well that wires of Air Conditioners, Entertainment system, etc was hidden and nothing was showing up. The whole thing

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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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Powerstrips or Surge Protector can help cut standby power or vampire power

By on January 31, 2020
Powerstrips or Surge Protector can help cut standby power or vampire power
How would you feel if you have to pay for something that you didn’t even use? Most people will feel bad unless they have a lot of money that they don’t care about. Paying for standby power or vampire power is one such thing. In one of our previous article (Switch off the Plug Point) we talked about standby power. Standby power or vampire power is the “electricity” that you do

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