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Charging a Mobile Phone: how much electricity does it consume?

By on April 22, 2016
Charging a Mobile Phone: how much electricity does it consume?
Telecom boom in India has had such a great impact that it has made sure that half of India has mobile phones (source: Indian Express). Every other person in the country has a mobile phone and it is increasing. We thought that mobile phones are integral part of our lives, so why not do a test on how much electricity does it consume. We picked up

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What are Watt, Kilowatt. kVAh and a unit of electricity

By on September 22, 2020
What are Watt, Kilowatt. kVAh and a unit of electricity
When we get our electricity bills, it shows that we have used a certain number of units for the given period. When we go to buy appliances, most of them have watts mentioned on them. If you find it difficult to understand the relation between the two, then you are not alone. Electricity bill and its components are confusing to many and with this article, we will try to explain what are watt, kilowatt and a unit of electricity.What are Power and Energy/Electricity

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Power Saver Devices or Capacitor Banks – do they really save electricity?

By on April 22, 2016
Power Saver Devices or Capacitor Banks – do they really save electricity?
Several times we come across devices that are sold and branded as power savers and claim to reduce significant amount in electricity bills. The questions that come in our minds at this stage is: Does it really save electricity? Is it legal? Can it work for my home or office or factory? The answers to these questions are very simple: Does it save electricity? Yes but only in certain cases. Is it legal? Absolutely. Can it work for my home or office or factory? Again

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CFL Bulbs and Fluorescent Tubes buying guide

By on April 26, 2018
CFL Bulbs and Fluorescent Tubes buying guide
In our previous post on task-based lighting, we showed that a watt is not the right measure for brightness and we should use lumens instead. We then went around the shops in our area and then carried out online market survey to find out different types of CFLs and Fluorescent tubes available in the market in India, and give our readers some comparative figures to help

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What is Power Factor correction and how MDI (Maximum Demand Indicator) penalty can be avoided

By on April 22, 2016
What is Power Factor correction and how MDI (Maximum Demand Indicator) penalty can be avoided
If you are an office owner or a shop owner and you get electricity on a commercial connection with load more than 20kW, you would have heard of power factor penalty and/or demand charges. Have you ever wondered what does power factor penalty mean or what are demand charges? Have you ever paid something called as MDI (or Maximum Demand Indicator) Penalty?  These are the terms that are used in commercial connections in various part of our country but very few people

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Understand Time of Day (TOD)/Time of Use (TOU) tariff structure and how it impacts customers

By on April 22, 2016
Understand Time of Day (TOD)/Time of Use (TOU) tariff structure and how it impacts customers
In India, Time of Day (TOD) tariff that was used mostly for industrial sector is now slowly being introduced for commercial sector as well. Recent news articles in some of the leading newspapers in India suggest that utilities are contemplating implementing time of day tariff for commercial customers (along with the industrial customers in State where it has not been introduced so far). Some states have already implemented it and others are planning. And as the demand

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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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Various modes for running air conditioners and their impact on electricity bill

By on August 7, 2017
Various modes for running air conditioners and their impact on electricity bill
Air Conditioners in past used to be quite simple with just on/off switch and high, medium and low cool options. With improvements in technology, modern day air-conditioners have lot more electronics in it and thus they provide multiple modes of operation. Most of these modes are explained in the user manuals that come along with the air conditioners, but it is very important to understand the impact of each mode on electricity savings. In

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NDPL Online Electricity Bill Payment

By on November 20, 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 all utilities in Delhi have multiple avenues to make payments of electricity bills online. There are multiple ways of making online payment for NDPL. Based on convenience and ease of use people can choose

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Tata Power Online Bill Payment and Customer Portal provides offers to save electricity

By on August 27, 2015
Tata Power, one of the three electricity providers in the city of Mumbai provides offers on various electricity saving appliances as part of their DSM (Demand Side Management) program on their customer and online bill payment portal. Many people use the portal to make online bill payment, but a quick look at energy saving option in the list of menu options can take one to discounts and benefits that Tata Power provides to it’s customers.

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